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Reference state and benchmark concepts for better biodiversity conservation in contemporary ecosystems

McNellie, Megan J.; Oliver, Ian; Dorrough, Josh; Ferrier, Simon; Newell, Graeme; Gibbons, Philip

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Measuring the status and trends of biodiversity is critical for making informed decisions about the conservation, management or restoration of species, habitats and ecosystems. Defining the reference state against which status and change are measured is essential. Typically, reference states describe historical conditions, yet historical conditions are challenging to quantify, may be difficult to falsify, and may no longer be an attainable target in a contemporary ecosystem. We have constructed...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2020
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/269985
Source: Global Change Biology
DOI: 10.1111/gcb.15383
Access Rights: Open Access

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