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Past, present, and future of the Living Planet Index

Ledger, Sophie E. H., Loh, Jonathan, Almond, Rosamunde, Böhm, Monika, Clements, Christopher F., Currie, Jessica, Deinet, Stefanie, Galewski, Thomas, Grooten, Monique, Jenkins, Martin, and others. (2023) Past, present, and future of the Living Planet Index. npj Biodiversity, 2 (1). Article Number 12. E-ISSN 2731-4243. (doi:10.1038/s44185-023-00017-3) (KAR id:101501)


As we enter the next phase of international policy commitments to halt biodiversity loss (e.g., Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework), biodiversity indicators will play an important role in forming the robust basis upon which targeted, and time sensitive conservation actions are developed. Population trend indicators are one of the most powerful tools in biodiversity monitoring due to their responsiveness to changes over short timescales and their ability to aggregate species trends from global down to sub-national or even local scale. We consider how the project behind one of the foremost population level indicators - the Living Planet Index - has evolved over the last 25 years, its value to the field of biodiversity monitoring, and how its components have portrayed a compelling account of the changing status of global biodiversity through its application at policy, research and practice levels. We explore ways the project can develop to enhance our understanding of the state of biodiversity and share lessons learned to inform indicator development and mobilise action.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1038/s44185-023-00017-3
Additional information: For the purpose of open access, the author has applied a CC BY public copyright licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising from this submission.
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Funders: [37325] UNSPECIFIED
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Loh, Jonathan.

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