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Global goals week

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the creation of the United Nations and the 5th anniversary of the adoption of the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development, created to ensure the prosperity of everyone and the planet, now and into the future.At its core we can find the Sustainable Development Goals, 17 interlinked objectives that […]

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Developing multiscale and integrative nature–people scenarios using the Nature Futures Framework

The rapid decline in the state of nature and its clear links to the prosperity of human societies has led scientists to argue that transformative change, in the way societies relate to nature is urgent. Achieving such a change requires identifying visions, pathways and plans that can help people navigate away from undesirable futures and […]

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Global conservation of species’ niches

Environmental change is rapidly accelerating, and many species will need to adapt to survive. Ensuring that protected areas cover populations across a broad range ofenvironmental conditions could safeguard the processes that lead to such adaptations. However, international conservation policies have largely neglected these considerations when setting targets for the expansion of protected areas4. Here weshow […]

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Protected areas are now the last strongholds for many imperiled mammal species

Michela Pacifici, Moreno Di Marco, James Watson The global network of terrestrial protected areas (PAs) has experienced a fourfold expansion since the 1970s. Yet, there is increasing debate around the role of the global PA estate in covering and sustaining threatened species, with serious ramifications for current PA financing and the setting of post‐2020 global […]

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A global map of terrestrial habitat types

Martin Jung, Prabhat Raj Dahal, Stuart H. M. Butchart, Paul F. Donald, Xavier De Lamo, Myroslava Lesiv, Valerie Kapos, Carlo Rondinini & Piero Visconti  We provide a global, spatially explicit characterization of 47 terrestrial habitat types, as defined in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) habitat classification scheme, which is widely used in ecological analyses, including for quantifying species’ Area of Habitat. […]

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Projected Global Loss of Mammal Habitat Due to Land-Use and Climate Change

Daniele Baisero, Piero Visconti, Michela Pacifici, Marta Cimatti, Carlo Rondinini Human pressure on the environment is driving a global decline of biodiversity. Anticipating whether this trend can be reverted under future scenarios is key to supporting policy decisions. We used the InSiGHTS framework to model the impacts of land-use and climate change on future habitat […]

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Global correlates of range contractions and expansions in terrestrial mammals

Michela Pacifici, Carlo Rondinini, Jonathan R. Rhodes, Andrew A. Burbidge, Andrea Cristiano, James E. M. Watson, John C. Z. Woinarski & Moreno Di Marco Understanding changes in species distributions is essential to disentangle the mechanisms that drive their responses to anthropogenic habitat modification. Here we analyse the past (1970s) and current (2017) distribution of 204 […]

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Drought vulnerability among China’s ungulates and mitigation offered by protected areas

Lyubing Zhang, Michela Pacifici, Binbin V. Li, Luke Gibson Ongoing perturbations in the global climate have triggered changes in the frequency or magnitude of extreme climatic events, including drought. Increasingly common or intense droughts have threatened ungulates. Intensifying trend of drought has been observed in China since the 1980s. We assessed drought vulnerability of 60 […]

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Welcome to our new lab member!

We are thrilled to introduce our newest lab member and PhD fellow, Dario Nania! His project – “Identification of KBA using uncommonly used taxa and genetic data as indicators” – aims to identify new Key Biodiversity Areas in Italy. To achieve that, he will use taxa not commonly used for this process, such as reptiles, […]

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GMA @ European Researchers’ Night

GMA lab has organised a Science happy hour about biodiversity conservation under global change. Three discussion groups, with researchers from all over Europe, will talk about extinction risk, protected arteas, and climate change. Organisers: Carlo Rondinini, Michela Pacifici, Moreno Di Marco Speakers: Tom Brooks (International Union for Conservation of Nature, Switzerland), Paul Donald (BirdLife International, […]