Can siting algorithms assist in prioritizing for conservation in a densely populated and land use allocated country? - Israel as a case study

Weil, Gilad and Levin, Noam (2015) Can siting algorithms assist in prioritizing for conservation in a densely populated and land use allocated country? - Israel as a case study. Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution, 61 1: 50-60. doi:10.1080/15659801.2015.1035858


Author Weil, Gilad
Levin, Noam
Title Can siting algorithms assist in prioritizing for conservation in a densely populated and land use allocated country? - Israel as a case study
Journal name Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1565-9801
2224-4662
Publication date 2015-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/15659801.2015.1035858
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 61
Issue 1
Start page 50
End page 60
Total pages 11
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Over the years, Israel's centralized national planning framework and the intense competition on the limited available land played a crucial factor in designing the spatial distribution of the protected areas in Israel. When examining the spatial properties of the protected areas, it was found that they do not adequately represent the variety of the ecosystems in Israel. According to the systematic conservation planning approach, we aimed to examine how optimization algorithms (e.g., MARXAN) would inform us on high priority areas for conservation. We created proxies for anthropogenic disturbance, and for the susceptibility of designating new protected areas subject to existing national and regional land use master plans. Our conservation targets were defined on the basis of the spatial distribution of 461 endangered vertebrate and plant species (red species), as well as by defining and mapping 21 main ecosystems. The results highlight the limited options of significantly improving the representativeness provided by the existing protected areas, due to the diminishing availability of open areas, which may be available to be designated as protected areas. However, the results also emphasize the conservation potential of agricultural land, as well as the need for preserving small and fragmented rare habitats.
Keyword Representation
Systematic conservation planning
Marxan
Reserve design
Protected Areas
Biodiversity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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