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Targeting conservation actions at species threat response thresholds

Ingram, DJ; Braga Ferreira, G; Jones, K; MACE, GM; (2021) Targeting conservation actions at species threat response thresholds. Trends in Ecology and Evolution , 36 (3) pp. 216-226. 10.1016/j.tree.2020.11.004. Green open access

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Abstract

To improve the status of the world’s biodiversity by 2030, conservation actions must not only seek to halt or slow biodiversity loss, they must increase species’ populations. A better mechanistic understanding of biodiversity loss and of species’ sensitivities to certain intensities of threats is needed to target conservation actions effectively. Moving beyond ordinal space-for-time substitution analyses, towards monitoring concurrent changes in threats and species’ populations over time will help achieve this. We propose a framework to quantify species’ response thresholds along gradients of threat intensity, using a combination of threat-sensitive taxa, biogeographic regions, and biomes. This framework will allow efficient targeting of conservation actions, of relevance to global policy-making.

Type: Article
Title: Targeting conservation actions at species threat response thresholds
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2020.11.004
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2020.11.004
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: anthropocene, biodiversity, biome, biotic responses, extinction, threshold
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences > Genetics, Evolution and Environment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10114988
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