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Brooks, TM and Hoffmann, M and Fonseca, GA and Gascon, C and Hawkins, AF and James, RE and Langhammer, P and Mittermeier, RA and Pilgrim, JD and Silva, JM (2008) The IUCN and the Red List. Endangered Species Research, 6 (2). pp. 113-125. ISSN 1863-5407

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Abstract

Systematic conservation planning aims to identify comprehensive protected area networks that together will minimize biodiversity loss. Importantly, conservation planners seek to determine where to allocate limited resources first, particularly given the uneven spread of, and threats to, biodiversity. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species incorporates data not only on threats to species, but also on species distributions and ecological requirements. These temporal and spatial attributes, when combined with other datasets, have proven useful for determining the most urgent priority areas for conserving biodiversity, from the global level down to the scale of individual sites. Although many challenges remain, the increasing reliability and comprehensiveness of the IUCN Red List suggests that its role as a source of biodiversity data in systematic conservation planning is certain to expand dramatically.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: IUCN Red List · Conservation planning · Threatened species · Biodiversity conservation · Protected areas
Journal or Publication Title: Endangered Species Research
Page Range: pp. 113-125
ISSN: 1863-5407
Identification Number - DOI: 10.3354/esr00087
Additional Information: © 2008 Inter Research
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2010 02:00
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:11
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/9870
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