Equitable representation of ecoregions is slowly improving despite strategic planning shortfalls

Kuempel, Caitlin D., Chauvenet, Alienor L. M. and Possingham, Hugh P. (2016) Equitable representation of ecoregions is slowly improving despite strategic planning shortfalls. Conservation Letters, 9 6: 422-428. doi:10.1111/conl.12298

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Author Kuempel, Caitlin D.
Chauvenet, Alienor L. M.
Possingham, Hugh P.
Title Equitable representation of ecoregions is slowly improving despite strategic planning shortfalls
Journal name Conservation Letters   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1755-263X
Publication date 2016-11-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/conl.12298
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 9
Issue 6
Start page 422
End page 428
Total pages 7
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Representing all ecosystem types in protected areas (PAs) is central to international conservation agreements (i.e., Aichi Target 11) and ensuring the persistence of biodiversity. In response to these agreements, we have seen rapid growth of PA networks, but we do not know how this affects ecosystem representation. We explored this question by investigating drivers and trends of representation during periods of rapid land acquisition using the protection equality metric. We found that 90.9% of the studied countries have improved protection equality through time. Periods of rapid area expansion resulted in greater increases in protection equality, particularly through multiple, smaller PAs as opposed to fewer, larger PAs. However, observed increases may not be due to strategic planning, as protection equality from random PA allocation was statistically similar to observed values within six country-level simulations. Future international agreements should hold countries accountable to meeting multiple objectives and prioritize conservation outcomes over individual targets.
Keyword Aichi Target 11
Conservation planning
Conservation targets
Convention on Biological Diversity
Gini coefficient
Protected areas
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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