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What Are Terrestrial Protected Areas Indicators?

What are Terrestrial Protected Areas? Two Terrestrial Protected Areas indicators measure the percentage of terrestrial habitat under protected status. Habitat Conservation How well protected areas are managed, the strength of the legal protections extended to them, and the actual outcomes on the ground are all vital elements of a comprehensive assessment of effective conservation. 15 Different Biomes of Terrestrial Protected Areas Forests Tropical & Subtropical Tropical & Subtropical Tropical & Subtropical Temperate Broadleaf Moist Broadleaf Forests Dry Broadleaf Forests Coniferous Forests and Mixed Forests Temperate Conifer Forests Boreal Forests Mediterranean Forests, and Taiga Woodlands and Scrub Grasslands, Savannas & Shrublands Tropical & Subtropical Grasslands, Flooded Temperate Grasslands, Savannas Montagne Grasslands and Shrublands Grasslands Savannas and Shrublands and Shrublands and Savannas Others *: Tundra Deserts and Mangrove Snow and lce Xeric Shrublands Target Set by the Convention on Biological Diversity The EPI's measurement of Terrestrial Protected Areas stems 17% of terrestrial from the targets set by Convention for Biological Diversity, which establishes a conservation goal of 17 percent of terrestrial and inland water areas by 2020. and inland water under protection How do we know? Two Kinds of Weighting: National & Global EPI measures both the national and global contribution of a country's biome protection. National Weight Global Global Weight The percentage The percentage a particular biome comprises out of a country's total biomes. a particular biome within a country comprises at the global level. Biome Worldwide National Biome Biome Biome Worldwide Biome A Biome Within a Country Biome Biome Worldwide Within a Country Within a Country Biome Biome Biome A on the national level Biome A on the global level Within a Country Biome Worldwide We Weight Both Ways Because Not All Protection Efforts Are Equal Nationally Globally The degree to which a tiny sliver is protected may matter less than degree to which a large area is, depending on the biome. The degree to which a country protects a biome that is rare outside its borders may matter more than protecting a biome that is plentiful elsewhere. 0.26% Tropical/Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests Mongolia only has 0.26% of the world's Benin boreal forests. Boreal Forests Worldwide 99% 65% Tropical/Subtropical Russia has 65% of the Grasslands/Savannas world's boreal forests. It matters more that Russia slipping in Benin protects its forests than grasslands. protecting its boreal forests may have more dire consequences. How is the world doing? 14.414.6 15% 11.9 12.5% 10 % 8.9 7.5% 1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 Environmental Performance References • University • The World Wildlife Fund Global. (2013). Major biomes of the world. Available: • World Wildlife Fund Global. (2013). Selection of terrestrial ecoregions. Available: California Museum of Paleontology. (2006). The World's Biomes. Available: Index Percentage of Area Protected

What Are Terrestrial Protected Areas Indicators?

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This infographic is from the 2014 Environmental Performance Index. The Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranks how well countries perform on high-priority environmental issues in two broad policy ...


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