Title: The Assessment of African Protected Areas
Authors: HARTLEY ANDREWNELSON ANDREWMAYAUX PHILIPPEGREGOIRE JEAN-MARIE
Publisher: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities
Publication Year: 2007
JRC Publication N°: JRC37103
ISSN: 1018-5593
Other Identifiers: EUR 22780 EN
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC37103
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: In order to achieve goals for reduction in the rate of biodiversity loss, it is vital that geographically flexible conservation funding is focused on the areas where biodiversity is the highest and is most threatened. There is currently a shortage of systematic and repeatable methods for the assessment of priority areas for conservation. Furthermore, existing prioritisations tend to focus on large biogeographical units, defined by regional experts. We propose a continental scale repeatable methodology, using existing geographical databases, for the prioritisation of African protected areas. This information is utilised to develop 6 indicators for each protected area, quantifying its value with regards to amphibian, bird and mammal species diversity, irreplaceability of habitat, and threat from population pressure and agricultural boundary pressure. These indicators are then summarised to show how the protected area performs, for each indicator, in comparison to other protected areas from the same country or the same ecoregion. Results are also synthesised to show the most valuable protected areas for a given taxa. Finally, the prioritisation is presented via the internet in conjunction with phenology, climate, and environmental information specific to each protected area.
JRC Institute:Institute for Environment and Sustainability

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