Numbers that drive policy for conservation: linked indicator sets for the post-2010 CBD framework (archives.php)

Numbers that drive policy for conservation: linked indicator sets for the post-2010 CBD framework

The target adopted by world leaders of significantly reducing the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010 was not met, but this stimulated the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to adopt a new suite of biodiversity targets for 2020. Indicators will be essential for monitoring progress towards these targets and the CBD will…

Do Protected Areas work? Assessing long-term land-cover change in priority sites for conservation in Africa using remote sensing.

Land-cover change is perhaps the single greatest threat to biodiversity. The Protected Area (PA) network aims to protect key sites, including from adverse land-cover change and represents one of the major pillars of global biodiversity conservation. Despite the significance attached to PAs, including their central role in CBD reporting, their effectiveness in preventing anthropogenic land-cover…

Measuring and monitoring ecosystem services at the site scale: building practical tools for real-world conservation

This project aims to develop and deploy a rapid assessment tool to understand how far conserving sites for their biodiversity importance also helps to conserve different ecosystem services (ESs), relative to a converted state. The tool is being piloted at a diverse range of sites in the UK, Nepal and Montserrat. Publication of the methods…

Trends and gaps in protection of the world’s biodiversity

In 2010, through the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), governments committed to protecting adequately 17% of land and 10% of the sea by 2020 (Aichi Target 11) and to preventing extinction of known threatened species (Target 12). There is now a need to assess progress towards these targets, and to help governments sets priorities for…

Overcoming the legal barriers to REDD+ implementation

‘Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation’ (REDD+) has become an important part of international climate change policy.  It is designed to create incentives for developing countries to participate in forestry conservation, aiming to contribute to climate change mitigation, biodiversity preservation, and also to the creation of sustainable livelihoods for forest-dependent communities.  REDD+ can be…

Demonstrating ecosystem service values in Africa

Despite growing awareness of the importance of ecosystem services in supporting human well-being, conservationists are rarely able to provide policy-makers with robust information about the overall consequences of land use decisions. Existing locally-relevant data are too patchy and the methods, skills and resources needed to collect new information are typically unavailable. To address this issue,…