Using expert-elicitation to deliver biodiversity monitoring priorities on a Mediterranean island

Peyton, J. ORCID:; Hadjistylli, M.; Tziortzis, I.; Erotokritou, E.; Demetriou, M.; Samuel, Y.; Anastasi, V.; Fyttis, G.; Hadjioannou, L.; Ieronymidou, C.; Kassinis, N.; Kleitou, P.; Kletou, D.; Mandoulaki, A.; Michailidis, N.; Papatheodoulou, A.; Payiattas, G.; Sparrow, D.; Sparrow, R.; Turvey, K.; Tzirkalli, E.; Varnava, A.I.; Pescott, O.L.. 2022 Using expert-elicitation to deliver biodiversity monitoring priorities on a Mediterranean island. PLoS ONE, 17 (3), e0256777. 20, pp.

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Biodiversity monitoring plays an essential role in tracking changes in ecosystems, species distributions and abundances across the globe. Data collected through both structured and unstructured biodiversity recording can inform conservation measures designed to reduce, prevent, and reverse declines in valued biodiversity of many types. However, given that resources for biodiversity monitoring are limited, it is important that funding bodies prioritise investments relative to the requirements in any given region. We addressed this prioritisation requirement for a biodiverse Mediterranean island (Cyprus) using a three-stage process of expert-elicitation. This resulted in a structured list of twenty biodiversity monitoring needs; specifically, a hierarchy of three groups of these needs was created using a consensus approach. The most highly prioritised biodiversity monitoring needs were those related to the development of robust survey methodologies, and those ensuring that sufficiently skilled citizens are available to contribute. We discuss ways that the results of our expert-elicitation process could be used to support current and future biodiversity monitoring in Cyprus.

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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Biodiversity (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 1932-6203
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Open Access paper - full text available via Official URL link.
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 13 Apr 2022 15:50 +0 (UTC)

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