The value of urban and peri-urban conservation efforts within a global biodiversity hotspot

Ground, Lyle E. and Slotow, Rob and Ray-Mukherjee, Jayanti (2016) The value of urban and peri-urban conservation efforts within a global biodiversity hotspot. African Biodiversity & Conservation., 46 (2). pp. 1-10.

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Conservation planning and sustainable environmental management have limited resources for implementation owing to competition with other socio-economic imperatives (Heywood & Iriondo 2003; Shankaran 2009; Schneider et al. 2011). Prioritisation of areas for conservation, through systematic conservation planning (SCP), has become a key tool in conservation resource allocation (Heywood & Iriondo 2003; Margules & Pressey, 2000; Pressey, Cowling & Rouget 2003). These algorithm-based planning tools use available data on habitats, species and ecosystem services to select priority sites based on important criteria (Margules & Pressey 2000). However, SCP outputs are only as good as the input data (Heywood & Iriondo 2003; Margules & Pressey 2000; Smith, Goodman & Matthews 2006), and conservation plans are often based on limited data, which requires conservation planners to define different environmental features by using environmental breaks or changes (termed mesofilters; Crous, Samways & Pryke 2013). These ‘surrogate’ habitats are then assumed to be representative of a set of species known to occur within them (Crous et al. 2013; Smith et al. 2006). Incorrect selection of surrogates may result in inaccurate SCP that does not sufficiently represent reality, leading to potentially wasted resource expenditure on marginal areas (Crous et al. 2013) and inappropriate protection for the species that need it most (Coppolillo et al., 2004). The eThekwini Municipal Area (EMA), which

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biodiversity, Ecosystem, Urban biodiversity
Subjects: Natural Sciences > Life sciences; biology > Ecology
Divisions: Azim Premji University > School of Arts and Sciences
Depositing User: Mr. Krishnamoorti Chavan
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2018 05:57
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2018 05:01
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