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Provision of Maximising Overall Biodiversity Gains From Species Conservation Activities - WC1097

Description
MAPISCO (Methodology for the Assessment of Priorities for International Species Conservation) is a policy tool which enables policy-makers to assess which species conservation actions can make the greatest contribution to the delivery of the Aichi targets and to enable resources to be prioritised to them accordingly.
Building on WC1124 this project aims to support funding for a Natural Environment Research Council studentship to strengthen substantially the conceptual underpinning, analytical performance and practical application of MAPISCo.
Objective
The project aims to strengthen substantially the conceptual underpinning, analytical performance and practical application of MAPISCo (Methodology for the Assessment of Priorities for International Species Conservation) by:

a) Enhancing the conceptual framework that links species to other conservation benefits, such as ecosystem services and sustainable use. This will draw together scientific and policy interpretations of these, and other, terms and link them to global targets to which the UK is committed, such as the Aichi targets. This will enhance the scientific rigour of the framework;
b) Extending the analytical capabilities of the methodology though detailed and comprehensive assessments of the links between species conservation and other conservation targets (such as habitats and ecosystem services) . There is significant scope for enhancing the quantification of these relationships, and critically, in quantifying the uncertainty that arises from our present levels of understanding; and

c) Ensuring that the methodology addresses DEFRA’s needs by aligning immediate application of MAPISCo with current policy priorities. The Aichi targets provides the most meaningful and accessible way of strengthening the science underpinning policy and so providing ways of measuring DEFRA’s contribution to these targets will be addressed. The work will, therefore, be framed within the scope of the Aichi target indicators where appropriate (see www.bipindicators.net).
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Final Report on project WC1097   (428k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2013

To: 2016

Cost: £27,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Newcastle University
Keywords
Biodiversity