Aligning conservation priorities across taxa in Madagascar with high-resolution planning tools

C. Kremen, Alison Cameron, A. Moilanen, S.J. Phillips, C.D. Thomas, H. Beentje, J. Dransfeld, B.L. Fisher, F. Glaw, T.C. Good, G. Harper, R.J. Hijmans, D.C. Lees, Louis E. Jr, R.A. Nussbaum, C.J. Raxworthy, A. Razafimpahanana, G.E. Schatz, M. Vences, D.R. VieitesP.C. Wright, M.L. Zjhra

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Abstract

Globally, priority areas for biodiversity are relatively well known, yet few detailed plans exist to direct conservation action within them, despite urgent need. Madagascar, like other globally recognized biodiversity hot spots, has complex spatial patterns of endemism that differ among taxonomic groups, creating challenges for the selection of within-country priorities. We show, in an analysis of wide taxonomic and geographic breadth and high spatial resolution, that multitaxonomic rather than single-taxon approaches are critical for identifying areas likely to promote the persistence of most species. Our conservation prioritization, facilitated by newly available techniques, identifies optimal expansion sites for the Madagascar government's current goal of tripling the land area under protection. Our findings further suggest that high-resolution multitaxonomic approaches to prioritization may be necessary to ensure protection for biodiversity in other global hot spots.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)222-226
Number of pages5
JournalScience
Volume320
Issue number5873
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2008

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