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Developing next-generation tools to predict the biodiversity impacts of feeding 10 billion people

Agriculture must expand and intensify if it is to feed a growing population. Where it does so will profoundly affect the future of biodiversity. We will develop and combine cutting-edge models of agricultural futures and novel assessments of species’ vulnerability and population persistence to predict which regions and species are likely to be most impacted,…

Science-based targets for driving global wetland conservation applicable from local to global scales

The Species Threat Abatement and Restoration (STAR) metric allows business, governments and civil society to quantify their potential contributions to stemming global species loss, and can be used to calculate national, regional, sector-based, or institution-specific targets. STAR currently lacks a means to establish these science-based targets for freshwater ecosystems. To address this need, this project…

Bridging a gap in marine conservation: delivering a toolkit to inform and advance site-based conservation solutions for migratory marine birds

Migratory marine birds are threatened and their conservation is challenging because their ranges span vast areas, which are at risk from mounting anthropogenic pressures. Animal tracking data is playing a critical role in revealing areas of importance for these species. However, standardised tools to derive conservation recommendations from such data for migratory marine birds are…

The Green List of Species: towards a Standard for measuring species recovery

The world lacks a standardized framework for measuring species recovery comparable to the way we do extinction risk (the world-renowned IUCN Red List of Threatened Species). The current project will ensure the emerging IUCN Green List of Species is fit for purpose to help end-users set (and measure) ambitious recovery targets and attribute impact of…

Developing tailored remote monitoring protocols for sites of biodiversity importance

Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) are sites contributing significantly to the global persistence of biodiversity.  Over 16,000 KBAs have been identified globally, but their health and integrity are not monitored systematically. This project aims to develop, publish and disseminate long-term indices of change in all KBAs using a suite of remote sensing products tailored to the…

Identifying globally important sites for life on earth: scoping of Key Biodiversity Areas

The Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) partnership was tasked with developing a map of key sites for life on earth that can guide both governments, industry and conservation partners to safeguard sites that are most critical for conservation across the planet. The goal of this project was to identify sites that potentially qualify as KBAs for…

A global audit of biodiversity monitoring

There is a growing demand for data to track the changing state of biodiversity, such as trends in species’ populations. This project will undertake a global audit of biodiversity monitoring, identifying the major taxonomic, geographic and temporal gaps in coverage, and suggest ways to close them. The work will help to improve the monitoring of…

Learning from Citizen Science approaches to map threats to wildlife globally and inform conservation policies

The primary aim of this project was to advance our understanding of the spatial distribution of threats to species and to enhance the understanding of the interactions between multiple threats to species as well as to imbed new knowledge into relevant policy processes – specifically targeting the Convention on Biological Diversity’s post-2020 process.

The Missing Conservation Knowledge Product: measuring and mitigating threats and pressures on biodiversity

Data on threats to biodiversity and ecosystem services are available in multiple locations, on numerous systems, and in a plethora of formats and scales. This makes using the available data in a concerted effort to address multiple threats in one place or one threat in many places impossible for any scientist or practitioner. This project,…

PRISM: Practical Impact Assessment Methods for Small and Medium-sized Conservation Projects

The strategies and objectives of conservation projects are varied. As well as positive impacts on biodiversity (reflected in the population size, trends or distribution of species, extent or quality of habitat, and/or reductions in threats), they may include changing attitudes and behaviours, influencing policy and decision-making, raising awareness, building capacity or improving livelihoods and wellbeing.…

The Cambridge contribution to the development of Global Ecosystems Models for use in IPBES and other global biodiversity assessments

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is starting to become operational and has set up working groups to advise on various important issues. One of the working groups addresses IPBES deliverable 3(c) – Policy support tools and methodologies for scenario analysis and modelling of biodiversity and ecosystem services. This will contribute…

Toward an integrated approach to the mapping and mitigating of global pressures on biodiversity

This project will bring together the University of Cambridge Zoology Department, UNEP-WCMC and other CCI partners and associated agencies around the world to undertake three areas of exploratory work. The project will be conducted as follows: first, we will review the scientific literature and all technical products on the internet to assess the degree that…