Achieving the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Goals for Plant Conservation

Lucas Joppa, Piero Visconti, C.N. Jenkins, and S.L. Pimm

Abstract

Identifying which areas capture how many species is the first question in conservation planning. The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) aspires to formal protection of at least 17% of the terrestrial world and, through the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, 60% of plant species. Are these targets of protecting area and species compatible? We show that 67% of plant species live entirely within regions that comprise 17% of the land surface. Moreover, these regions include most terrestrial vertebrates with small geographical ranges. However, the connections between the CBD targets of protecting area and species are complex. Achieving both targets will be difficult because regions with the most plant species have only slightly more land protected than do those with fewer.

Details

Publication typeArticle
Published inScience
URLhttp://www.sciencemag.org/content/341/6150/1100.abstract?sid=61542828-3e9a-4b0c-a37e-144effed2d12
Pages1100-1103
Volume341
PublisherAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science

Previous versions

L.N. Joppa, D.L. Roberts, N. Myers, and S.L. Pimm. Biodiversity hotspots house the majority of missing species., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2011.

L.N. Joppa and A. Pfaff. Global Protected Area Impacts, Proceedings Of The Royal Society B, 2010.

Clinton N. Jenkins, Stuart L. Pimm, and Lucas N. Joppa. Global Patterns of Terrestrial Vertebrate Diversity and Conservation, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), 2013.

L.N. Joppa, D.L. Roberts, and S.L. Pimm. How Many Species of Flowering Plants Are There?, Proceedings Of The Royal Society B, 2010.

C. Jenkins and L.N. Joppa. Expansion of the Global Protected Area System, Biological Conservation, 2009.

L.N. Joppa, S.R. Loarie, and S.L. Pimm. On population growth near protected areas, PLoS ONE, 2009.

L.N. Joppa, S.R. Loarie, and S.L. Pimm. On the protection of protected areas, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), 2008.

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