Biodiversity data requirements for systematic conservation planning in the Mediterranean Sea

Levin, Noam, Coll, Marta, Fraschetti, Simonetta, Gal, Gideon, Giakoumi, Sylvaine, Goke, Cordula, Heymans, Johanna Jacomina, Katsanevakis, Stelios, Mazor, Tessa, Ozturk, Bayram, Rilov, Gil, Gajewski, Ju;oisz, Steenbeek, Jeroen and Kark, Salit (2014) Biodiversity data requirements for systematic conservation planning in the Mediterranean Sea. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 508 261-281. doi:10.3354/meps10857

Author Levin, Noam
Coll, Marta
Fraschetti, Simonetta
Gal, Gideon
Giakoumi, Sylvaine
Goke, Cordula
Heymans, Johanna Jacomina
Katsanevakis, Stelios
Mazor, Tessa
Ozturk, Bayram
Rilov, Gil
Gajewski, Ju;oisz
Steenbeek, Jeroen
Kark, Salit
Title Biodiversity data requirements for systematic conservation planning in the Mediterranean Sea
Journal name Marine Ecology Progress Series   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0171-8630
Publication date 2014-08-04
Year available 2014
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.3354/meps10857
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 508
Start page 261
End page 281
Total pages 21
Place of publication Oldendorf, Germany
Publisher Inter-Research
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract The Mediterranean Sea's biodiversity and ecosystems face many threats due to anthropogenic pressures. Some of these include human population growth, coastal urbanization, accelerated human activities, and climate change. To enhance the formation of a science-based system of marine protected areas in the Mediterranean Sea, data on the spatial distribution of ecological features (abiotic variables, species, communities, habitats, and ecosystems) is required to inform conservation scientists and planners. However, the spatial data required is often lacking. In this review, we aimed to address the status of our knowledge for 3 major types of spatial information: bathymetry, classification of marine habitats, and species distributions. To exemplify the data gaps and approaches to bridge them, we examined case studies that systematically prioritize conservation in the Mediterranean Sea. We found that at present the data required for conservation planning is generally more readily available and of better quality for the European countries located in the Western Mediterranean Sea. Additionally, the Mediterranean Sea is lagging behind other marine regions where rigorous criteria for conservation planning has been applied in the past 20 yr. Therefore, we call upon scientists, governments, and international governmental and non-governmental organizations to harmonize current approaches in marine mapping and to develop a framework that is applicable throughout the Mediterranean region. Such coordination between stakeholders is urgently needed before more countries undertake further extensive habitat mapping, so that future conservation planning can use integrated spatial datasets.
Keyword Bathymetry
Conservation planning
Mediterranean Sea
Spatial data
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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