Fellow Martin Beal led a new paper that investigates the importance of analysing individual movement data over spatial multiple years for informing area-based conservation measures at sea for seabird species. They brought together tracking data from 23 species across 7 families, with at least 10 birds tracked in 3 or more years at each population, during the chick-rearing period. The good news are that one or two year of data are already very informative. Continue reading “New paper & Dataset: Quantifying annual spatial consistency in chick-rearing seabirds to inform important site identification”
Fellow João Guilherme led a study that reviewed tracking data to show how countries along the Afro-Palearctic Migratory Flyway are connected by long distance movements of of landbirds & raptors. The study shows current state of knowledge and identifies priorities for future studies to fill knowledge gaps. Continue reading “New paper & Dataset: Connectivity between countries established by landbirds and raptors migrating along the African–Eurasian flyway”
Fellow Maria Lumbierres led the production of Area of Habitat maps for 5,481 terrestrial mammal and 10,651 terrestrial bird species, in collaboration with fellows Prabhat Raj Dahal and Carmen Soria. These maps, now available to the research and conservation communities, will prove invaluable to guide conservation planning and monitoring. The authors then used these Area of Habitat maps to produce global maps of the species richness of mammals, birds, globally threatened mammals and globally threatened birds.
Lumbierres, M., Dahal, P.R., Soria, C.D., Di Marco, M., Butchart, S.H.M., Donald, P.F., Rondinini, C. (2022) Area of Habitat maps for the world’s terrestrial birds and mammals. Scientific Data 9, 749 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-022-01838-w → Open Access repository
New publication by Inspire4Nature fellow Scott Ford sheds light on the ongoing downgrading, downsizing, and degazettement of Protected Areas in Cambodia. Associated with large-scale concessions, these events are already resulting in increasing levels of deforestation, with likely impacts of species only found in this region.
Ford, S.A. Persson, J., Jepsen, M.R., Mertz O. (2022) Sociopolitical drivers and environmental outcomes of protected-area downgrading and degazettement in Cambodia. Regional Environmental Change 22, 114. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10113-022-01968-2 → Open Access Repository
Fellow Gonzalo Albaladejo-Robles‘ new paper in Global Change Biology indicates that populations of fast-living species tend to decline in the face of landuse change, whereas slow-living species tend to increase, with complex interactions with climate change.
2023). Species life-history strategies affect population responses to temperature and land-cover changes. Global Change Biology, 29, 97-109. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.16454, , & (
Fellow Prabhat Raj Dahal led a paper (also co-authored by fellow Maria Lumbierres) in the Open Access journal Geoscientific Model Development Discussions, titled “A validation standard for area of habitat maps for terrestrial birds and mammals”. They develop a new standard validation method for area of habitat maps, and then apply it to validate thousands of maps for birds and mammals across the world. Key work to support IUCN Red List assessments!
Fellow Marie-Morgane Rouyer co-authored a publication in the journal Conservation Biology compared the growth in scientific studies in conservation published in English versus 15 other languages. It found similar rates of growth for 12 out of the 15 languages, underscoring the importance of non-English-language articles to improving the understanding of biodiversity and its conservation. The publication was led by Shawan Chowdhury and Tatsuya Amano at the University of Queensland, Australia. Continue reading “New paper: Growth of non-English-language literature on biodiversity conservation”
Fellow Martin Beal co-authored a publication in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science investigating the connectivity in green turtle populations across Marine Protected Areas in West Africa. Using satellite tags to follow 45 green turtles during the internesting period, their results highlight the importance of the existing MPA network, but also its gaps. Continue reading “New paper: Green Turtles Highlight Connectivity Across a Regional Marine Protected Area Network in West Africa”
Fellow Scott Ford co-wrote a paper entitled Large Differences in Livelihood Responses and Outcomes to Increased Conservation Enforcement in a Protected Area.
The authors present a case study from northern Laos to explore how conservation through protected-area enforcement combined with market forces is impacting local livelihoods. The results show a variable response, with some groups able to respond well, while others are more heavily impacted by the imposed restrictions.
Fellow Matt Ford published Freshwater Fish Distribution in the Maghreb: A Call to Contribute.
In order to update the IUCN Red List of all freshwater fish species inhabiting the Maghreb region, comprehensive knowledge of their respective geographic ranges is essential. Here we present site-scale distribution records derived from all known sources for native and alien freshwater fish species distributed in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. Corrected data compiled from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility plus author contributions and digitised literature data are presented as GIS maps, and the wider scientific and conservation communities are called upon to help fill knowledge gaps and maximise the value of this new database for a region in which freshwater biodiversity is undergoing a serious decline.