Biologically representative and well-connected marine reserves enhance biodiversity persistence in conservation planning

Magris, Rafael A., Andrello, Marco, Pressey, Robert L., Mouillot, David, Dalongeville, Alicia, Jacobi, Martin N., and Manel, Stéphanie (2018) Biologically representative and well-connected marine reserves enhance biodiversity persistence in conservation planning. Conservation Letters, 11 (4). e12439.

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Abstract

Current methods in conservation planning for promoting the persistence of biodiversity typically focus on either representing species geographic distributions or maintaining connectivity between reserves, but rarely both, and take a focal species, rather than a multispecies, approach. Here, we link prioritization methods with population models to explore the impact of integrating both representation and connectivity into conservation planning for species persistence. Using data on 288 Mediterranean fish species with varying conservation requirements, we show that: (1) considering both representation and connectivity objectives provides the best strategy for enhanced biodiversity persistence and (2) connectivity objectives were fundamental to enhancing persistence of small-ranged species, which are most in need of conservation, while the representation objective benefited only wide-ranging species. Our approach provides a more comprehensive appraisal of planning applications than approaches focusing on either representation or connectivity, and will hopefully contribute to build more effective reserve networks for the persistence of biodiversity.

Item ID: 58524
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1755-263X
Keywords: biodiversity conservation, larval dispersal, marine protected areas, marine reserve design, spatial planning, spatial prioritization
Copyright Information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Funders: CNPq, Brazil, Australian Research Council (ARC), Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR)
Projects and Grants: ANR ANR-10--IDEX-0001-02
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2019 01:42
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 50%
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