Improving the key biodiversity areas approach for effective conservation planning

Knight, Andrew T. and Smith, Robert J. and Cowling, Richard M. and Desmet, Philip G. and Faith, Daniel P. and Ferrier, Simon and Gelderblom, Caroline M. and Grantham, Hedley S. and Lombard, Amanda T. and Maze, Kristal and Nel, Jeanne L. and Parrish, Jeffrey D. and Pence, Genevieve Q. K. and Possingham, Hugh P. and Reyers, Belinda and Rouget, Mathieu and Roux, Dirk and Wilson, Kerrie A. (2007) Improving the key biodiversity areas approach for effective conservation planning. Bioscience, 57 (3). pp. 256-261. ISSN 0006-3568 . (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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The key biodiversity areas (KBA) approach aims to identify globally important areas for species conservation. Although a similar methodology has been used successfully to identify Important Bird Areas, we have identified five limitations that may apply when considering other taxa: The KBA approach is overly prescriptive in identifying important conservation features, is inflexible when dealing with landscape connectivity, creates errors by applying global criteria without input from local experts, relies on post hoc consideration of implementation opportunities and constraints, and fails to automatically involve implementation agencies in the assessment process. We suggest three modifications to the present approach: (1) Provide training in regional conservation planning for local stakeholders, (2) expand the Alliance for Zero Extinction program to include a broader range of threatened species, and (3) allow local stakeholders to nominate KBAs on the basis of their own regional conservation assessments. These modifications would build on the expertise of those promoting the KBA approach and help maintain the diversity of methods that are needed to conserve biodiversity effectively.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: 144CZ Times Cited:2 Cited References Count:44
Uncontrolled keywords: systematic conservation assessment; area selection; conservation planning; global priority areas
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Bob Smith
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2008 10:06
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2014 09:37
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