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Developing a nature recovery network using systematic conservation planning

Smith, Robert J., Cartwright, Samantha J., Fairbairn, Andrew C., Lewis, Deborah C., Gibbon, Gwili E.M., Stewart, Claire L., Sykes, Rachel E., Addison, Prue F.E. (2022) Developing a nature recovery network using systematic conservation planning. Conservation Science and Practice, . E-ISSN 2578-4854. (doi:10.1111/csp2.578) (KAR id:91516)


Conservation area networks in most countries are fragmented and inadequate. To tackle this in England, government policies are encouraging stakeholders to create local-level nature recovery networks. Here, we describe work led by a wildlife organization that used the systematic conservation planning approach to identify a nature recovery network for three English counties and select focal areas within it where they will focus their work. The network was based on identifying core zones to maintain current biodiversity and recovery zones for habitat restoration, meeting area-based targets for 50 priority habitat, landscape, landcover, and ecosystem service types. It included the existing designated sites for conservation, which cover 6.05% of the study site, and identified an additional 11.6% of land as core zones and 18% as recovery zones, reflecting the organization's call for 30% of England to be conserved and connected by 2030. We found that systematic conservation planning worked well in this context, identifying a connected, adequate, representative, and efficient network and producing transparent and repeatable results. The analysis also highlighted the pressing need for government agencies to provide national-level guidance and datasets for setting targets and including species data in spatial planning, creating a national framework to inform local action.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/csp2.578
Uncontrolled keywords: conservation landscapes; ecological networks; England; local nature recovery strategy; restoration
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Bob Smith
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2021 09:15 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 14:29 UTC
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