Toward quantification of the impact of 21st-century deforestation on the extinction risk of terrestrial vertebrates

Tracewski, Łukasz, Butchart, Stuart H. M., Di Marco, Moreno, Ficetola, Gentile F., Rondinini, Carlo, Symes, Andy, Wheatley, Hannah, Beresford, Alison E. and Buchanan, Graeme M. (2016) Toward quantification of the impact of 21st-century deforestation on the extinction risk of terrestrial vertebrates. Conservation Biology, 30 5: 1070-1079. doi:10.1111/cobi.12715

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Author Tracewski, Łukasz
Butchart, Stuart H. M.
Di Marco, Moreno
Ficetola, Gentile F.
Rondinini, Carlo
Symes, Andy
Wheatley, Hannah
Beresford, Alison E.
Buchanan, Graeme M.
Title Toward quantification of the impact of 21st-century deforestation on the extinction risk of terrestrial vertebrates
Journal name Conservation Biology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1523-1739
Publication date 2016-10-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/cobi.12715
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 30
Issue 5
Start page 1070
End page 1079
Total pages 10
Place of publication Malden, MA, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Subject 1105 Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
2303 Ecology
2309 Nature and Landscape Conservation
Abstract Conservation actions need to be prioritized, often taking into account species’ extinction risk. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List provides an accepted, objective framework for the assessment of extinction risk. Assessments based on data collected in the field are the best option, but the field data to base these on are often limited. Information collected through remote sensing can be used in place of field data to inform assessments. Forests are perhaps the best-studied land-cover type for use of remote-sensing data. Using an open-access 30-m resolution map of tree cover and its change between 2000 and 2012, we assessed the extent of forest cover and loss within the distributions of 11,186 forest-dependent amphibians, birds, and mammals worldwide. For 16 species, forest loss resulted in an elevated extinction risk under red-list criterion A, owing to inferred rapid population declines. This number increased to 23 when data-deficient species (i.e., those with insufficient information for evaluation) were included. Under red-list criterion B2, 484 species (855 when data-deficient species were included) were considered at elevated extinction risk, owing to restricted areas of occupancy resulting from little forest cover remaining within their ranges. The proportion of species of conservation concern would increase by 32.8% for amphibians, 15.1% for birds, and 24.7% for mammals if our suggested uplistings are accepted. Central America, the Northern Andes, Madagascar, the Eastern Arc forests in Africa, and the islands of Southeast Asia are hotspots for these species. Our results illustrate the utility of satellite imagery for global extinction-risk assessment and measurement of progress toward international environmental agreement targets.
Keyword Conservation prioritization
Forest loss
Habitat loss
IUCN Red List
Remote sensing
Species conservation
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