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Antarctica and the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020

Chown, SL; Brooks, CM; Terauds, A; Le Bohec, C; van Klaveren-Impagliazzo, C; Whittington, JD; Butchart, SHM; Coetzee, BWT; Collen, B; Convey, P; Gaston, KJ; Gilbert, N; Gill, M; Hoft, R; Johnson, S; Kennicutt, MC; Kriesell, HJ; Le Maho, Y; Lynch, HJ; Palomares, M; Puig-Marco, R; Stoett, P; McGeoch, MA. 2017 Antarctica and the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020. PLOS Biology, 15 (3), e2001656. 10, pp. 10.1371/journal.pbio.2001656

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Abstract/Summary

The Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, adopted under the auspices of the Convention on Biological Diversity, provides the basis for taking effective action to curb biodiversity loss across the planet by 2020—an urgent imperative. Yet, Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, which encompass 10% of the planet’s surface, are excluded from assessments of progress against the Strategic Plan. The situation is a lost opportunity for biodiversity conservation globally. We provide such an assessment. Our evidence suggests, surprisingly, that for a region so remote and apparently pristine as the Antarctic, the biodiversity outlook is similar to that for the rest of the planet. Promisingly, however, much scope for remedial action exists.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1371/journal.pbio.2001656
Programmes: BAS Programmes > BAS Programmes 2015 > Biodiversity, Evolution and Adaptation
ISSN: 15449173
Date made live: 29 Mar 2017 12:49 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/514572

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