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Developing practical guidance on assessing air quality regulation as a service from nature

Air pollution is an acute environmental pressure that affects human health, interacts with climate change, and impacts biodiversity and sensitive ecosystems at a range of scales. It can also increase susceptibility to respiratory conditions like COVID-19. Remediation by natural vegetation can cost-effectively reduce air pollutants from different sources (industry, etc.), lowering risks to both human…

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…

A Quantitative Global Review of Trade in Wild Birds

Trade in wild birds is rapidly growing in some countries, affecting many groups of birds across various sectors or uses. However, trends and impacts of bird trade in many parts of the world remain unknown. This project therefore aims to undertake, publish and promote the conclusions of a global wild bird trade overview, whether international…

Defining and Measuring “Destructive Fishing” in Support of Achieving SDG14 – Life Below Water

Fisheries as a practice, and the pressures these activities place on fish populations, other marine species and marine ecosystems are incredibly diverse in nature. As such, a diversity of approaches are required to overcome the challenges faced and aid transitions to more sustainable and environmentally friendly practices. This project aims for a greater shared understanding…

Quantifying Global-Level Synergies and Trade-Offs between Biodiversity Conservation and Nature Based Climate Solutions

While global policy increasingly recognises the value of terrestrial habitats for climate stabilisation, carbon-biodiversity relationships are complex. This project will inform intergovernmental negotiations by combining CCI and wider expertise to quantify the emissions-reduction potential of a biodiversity restoration actions, and the biodiversity consequences of contrasting nature-based climate solutions.

Sustainable Finance for Conservation Landscapes in the post-COVID World

Our project will explore sustainable financing for conservation in the post-COVID19 context. The coronavirus pandemic has significantly disrupted traditional conservation finance models relying on private market flows. The results will contribute towards developing sustainable finance alternatives for conserving multi-functional landscapes that deliver positive outcomes for both people and nature.

Plastic connectivity: disentangling the problem of plastic pollution for pelagic seabirds

Plastic pollution is global and conspicuous threat to marine life, but little is known about its impacts. This project evaluates the risk of plastic encounter for seabirds, using an extensive tracking dataset and models of marine plastic distribution. We focus on petrels; an ocean-going group of seabirds containing some of our most threatened and least…

Integrating science, policy and sustainable development to address African-Eurasian migrant landbird declines: African perspectives on a flyway-wide issue

Flyway-wide collaboration is key to effectively support conservation action for declining migrant landbirds across their range. This project brings together African science and policy experts in collaboration with European experts to review existing science, policy and practice, and explore innovative trans-disciplinary opportunities to deliver migrant landbird conservation across rapidly-changing landscapes.

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…