School of Natural and Environmental Sciences


Method for the assessment of priorities for international species conservation (MAPISCo)

Biodiversity is declining at unprecedented levels globally. Meeting international targets aimed at halting these declines requires conservation efforts targeted not only at a species-level but also at other aspects of biodiversity such as habitats, cultural values and ecosystem services. In spite of the wide range of targets requiring investment, funding sources available for biodiversity conservation are declining.

Against this backdrop, the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) sought to develop a methodology for the identification of species for which targeted conservation action would have the broadest individual benefits but also have the greatest consequential benefits for other species, habitats, wider ecosystems, and ecosystem services. The MAPISCo team have developed a methodology to be used by decision makers for deciding where to allocate finite resources.