The Biodiversity Forecasting Tool: answering the 'how much', 'what', and 'where' of planning for biodiversity persistence

Drielsma, Michael, Ferrier, Simon, Howling, Gary, Manion, Glenn, Taylor, Subhashni, and Love, Jamie (2014) The Biodiversity Forecasting Tool: answering the 'how much', 'what', and 'where' of planning for biodiversity persistence. Ecological Modelling, 274. pp. 80-91.

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This research reports on a new approach to conservation assessment that seeks to extend the target-based model traditionally underpinning systematic conservation planning. The Biodiversity Forecasting Tool (BFT) helps answer three important questions relating to regional biodiversity persistence: 'how much' biodiversity can persist for a given land-management scenario; 'what' habitats to focus conservation effort on; and 'where' in the landscape to undertake conservation action. The tool integrates fine-scaled variability in vegetation composition and structure with spatial context, which is critical for ensuring the viability of populations. Thus, a raster data framework is employed which deems each location or gridcell in a landscape as contributing to biodiversity benefits to various degrees. At its simplest, just two spatial inputs, vegetation community types and vegetation condition, are needed. Drawing on, as a case-study, a broad-scale biodiversity assessment for NSW, Australia, this paper reports on the successful application of the BFT tool for a variety of functions ranging from interactive scenario evaluation through to conservation benefits mapping.

Item ID: 64021
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1872-7026
Keywords: Systematic conservation assessment; Biodiversity; Conservation planning; Biodiversity Forecasting Tool
Copyright Information: © 2013 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. Open access under CC BY-NC-ND license.
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2020 02:41
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 50%
09 ENGINEERING > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090903 Geospatial Information Systems @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960501 Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales @ 100%
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