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Potentially threatened: a Data Deficient flag for conservation management

Jari?, Ivan, Courchamp, Franck, Gessner, Jörn, Roberts, David L. (2016) Potentially threatened: a Data Deficient flag for conservation management. Biodiversity and Conservation, 25 (10). pp. 1995-2000. ISSN 0960-3115. (doi:10.1007/s10531-016-1164-0)

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Abstract

Data Deficient species (DD) comprise a significant portion of the total number of species listed within the IUCN Red List. Although they are not classified within one of the threat categories, they may still face high extinction risks. However, due to limited data available to infer their extinction risk reliably, it is unlikely that the assessment of the true status of Data Deficient species would be possible before many species decline to extinction. An appropriate measure to resolve these problems would be to introduce a flag of potentially threatened species within the Data Deficient category [i.e., DD(PT)]. Such a flag would represent a temporary Red List status for listed Data Deficient species that are, based on the available direct evidence and/or indirect indices, likely to be assigned to one of the threat categories, but where current data remains insufficient for a complete classification. The use of such a flag could increase the focus of the scientific community and conservation decision-makers on such species, thus avoiding the risk that necessary conservation measures are implemented too late. As such, establishment of the DD(PT) category as a kind of alarm for priority species could be beneficial.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/s10531-016-1164-0
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Biodiversity Conservation Group
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Biodiversity Management Group
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: David Roberts
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2016 08:42 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2019 13:51 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/56164 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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