Shaping the Issues that Affect our World

In recent months, NatureServe scientists have authored or co-authored six scientific publications illuminating pressing global conservation issues and their impact on efforts to protect our natural world. Here are some of the highlights:

Targeted conservation to prevent imminent species extinctions also provides substantial benefits to people. A study conducted by NatureServe and Conservation International published in the journal PLoS ONE shows that protecting habitats in priority areas to halt the loss of biodiversity will yield multiple benefits to people in terms of ecosystem services, such as climate change mitigation, clean water, the future “option value” of biodiversity, and cultural services.

Conserving biodiversity benefits the world’s poor. A study co-authored by chief scientist Tom Brooks reveals that protecting areas of highest biodiversity value—one of NatureServe’s top priorities—also delivers significant, life-sustaining services and income to the world’s most impoverished people, valued at US$1 trillion per year.

Carbon payments for forest conservation would dramatically reduce global species extinctions. Data from the NatureServe network contributes to the first global analysis of how much, where, and when carbon-based incentives for forest conservation could benefit biodiversity by saving at-risk species.

These findings highlight the urgent need for biodiversity conservation and the data that makes it possible. NatureServe scientists continue to act at the forefront of scientific analyses and syntheses to better inform the conservation community.

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