Establishing a Baseline to Monitor Species and Key Biodiversity Areas in Belize

Meerman, Jan C. (2007) Establishing a Baseline to Monitor Species and Key Biodiversity Areas in Belize. Technical Report.

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    Abstract

    Site conservation is among the most effective means to reduce global biodiversity loss. Therefore, it is critical to identify those sites where unique biodiversity must be conserved immediately. To this end, the concept of key biodiversity areas (KBAs) has been developed, seeking to identify and, ultimately, ensure that networks of globally important sites are safeguarded. This methodology builds up from the identification of species conservation targets (through the IUCN Red List) and nests within larger-scale conservation approaches. Sites selection is driven by the distribution and population of species that require site-level conservation. Biodiversity baseline data such as those that can be used in the establishment of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA’s) are scattered. In general, everywhere, but particularly in Belize, the access to biodiversity data is one of the principal constraints in effective conservation planning. In Belize a mechanism exists to gather such information. This system is called the Biodiversity and Environmental Resource Data System for Belize (BERDS). The idea behind BERDS is that members can and should enter their gathered biodiversity data and although the BERDS system has several members in and outside Belize, the actual data entry is lagging behind. The reason for this is very simple; most NGO’s and other members simple do not have the time and person-power allocated to data management. To overcome this restraint, the project was meant to populate the BERDS database with data provided by members. Then using the BERDS data, the project establishes the baseline for species and KBA outcomes. The project also analyzes and prioritizes KBAs. The expected product of he project included the following: 1) A full list of (terrestrial) species outcomes (globally threatened species) by Class accompanied with columns that include IUCN Red List status; Alliance of Zero Extinction (AZE) trigger status; data availability and description of conservation needs. 2) Full list of site outcomes (KBAs), including species-site relationships, references for those relationships, and consolidated species point locality information. 3) Draft set of KBA shapefiles including an ID field common to both the shapefile and the site table/list 4) Populated Outcomes Database for species, site and corridor outcomes. 5) List of databases and publications used during the project as well as regional and taxonomic experts consulted during data collection and KBA analysis work.

    Item Type: Technical Reports (Technical Report)
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      Publisher: Belize Tropical Forest Studies
      Keywords: KBA Key Biodiversity Area Belize IUCN Red List Alliance of Zero Extinction AZE GIS spatial data
      Subjects: (A) Biodiversity > (AA) Amphibians
      (A) Biodiversity > (AB) Birds
      (A) Biodiversity > (AG) Mammals > (AGB) Carnivores
      (A) Biodiversity > (AG) Mammals > (AGC) Herbivores
      (A) Biodiversity > (AG) Mammals > (AGD) Small Mammals
      (A) Biodiversity > (AH) Plants
      (A) Biodiversity > (AI) Reptiles > (AIC) Terrestrial
      Publication Sources: (3) Other Source > (3D) Other or Unspecified
      Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2010 06:00
      Last Modified: 14 Oct 2011 13:30
      URI: http://eprints.uberibz.org/id/eprint/651

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