Using threatened plant species to identify conservation gaps and opportunities on the island of Cyprus

Using threatened plant species to identify conservation gaps and opportunities on the island of... Biodivers Conserv https://doi.org/10.1007/s10531-018-1572-4 ORIGINAL PAPER Using threatened plant species to identify conservation gaps and opportunities on the island of Cyprus 1 2 3 C. S. Christodoulou  · G. H. Griffiths  · I. N. Vogiatzakis Received: 26 October 2017 / Revised: 20 April 2018 / Accepted: 24 May 2018 © Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract The cornerstone of EU nature conservation, the Natura 2000 (N2K) network is far from complete in many EU countries, including Cyprus, particularly where new datasets have become available. Thus, an important question in conservation biology is how new data can be incorporated in an effort to redesign N2K where appropriate. We analyse the efficacy of the N2K network in Cyprus, a global biodiversity hotspot, for pro - tecting threatened vascular plants. We used 252 species for which detailed distributional data were available and added new records for 168 species. Overlaying a 1 km grid map for Cyprus we identified distributional hotspots of threatened species (sensu IUCN) and assessed their representation level within the N2K network. Based on new recorded data we propose IUCN status changes for 15 species. There were 60 hotspots identified (cells with more than 5 threatened species) in the central-west, south, southeast and north parts of the island. GIS http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biodiversity and Conservation Springer Journals

Using threatened plant species to identify conservation gaps and opportunities on the island of Cyprus

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Springer Netherlands
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Copyright © 2018 by Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature
Subject
Life Sciences; Biodiversity; Ecology; Conservation Biology/Ecology; Climate Change/Climate Change Impacts
ISSN
0960-3115
eISSN
1572-9710
D.O.I.
10.1007/s10531-018-1572-4
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Biodivers Conserv https://doi.org/10.1007/s10531-018-1572-4 ORIGINAL PAPER Using threatened plant species to identify conservation gaps and opportunities on the island of Cyprus 1 2 3 C. S. Christodoulou  · G. H. Griffiths  · I. N. Vogiatzakis Received: 26 October 2017 / Revised: 20 April 2018 / Accepted: 24 May 2018 © Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract The cornerstone of EU nature conservation, the Natura 2000 (N2K) network is far from complete in many EU countries, including Cyprus, particularly where new datasets have become available. Thus, an important question in conservation biology is how new data can be incorporated in an effort to redesign N2K where appropriate. We analyse the efficacy of the N2K network in Cyprus, a global biodiversity hotspot, for pro - tecting threatened vascular plants. We used 252 species for which detailed distributional data were available and added new records for 168 species. Overlaying a 1 km grid map for Cyprus we identified distributional hotspots of threatened species (sensu IUCN) and assessed their representation level within the N2K network. Based on new recorded data we propose IUCN status changes for 15 species. There were 60 hotspots identified (cells with more than 5 threatened species) in the central-west, south, southeast and north parts of the island. GIS

Journal

Biodiversity and ConservationSpringer Journals

Published: Jun 5, 2018

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