Biodiversity assessments : origin matters

dc.contributor.authorPauchard, Anibalen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorMeyerson, Laura A.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorBacher, Svenen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorBlackburn, Tim M.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorBrundu, Giuseppeen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorCadotte, Marc W.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorCourchamp, Francken_ZA
dc.contributor.authorEssl, Franzen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorGenovesi, Pieroen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorHaider, Sylviaen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorHolmes, Nick D.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorHulme, Philip E.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorJeschke, Jonathan M.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorLockwood, Julie L.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorNovoa, Anaen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorNunez, Martin A.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorPeltzer, Duane A.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorPysek, Petren_ZA
dc.contributor.authorRichardson, David M.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorSimberloff, Danielen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Kevinen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorVan Wilgen, Brian W.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorVila, Montserraten_ZA
dc.contributor.authorWilson, John R. U.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorWinter, Martenen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorZenni, Rafael D.en_ZA
dc.descriptionCITATION: Pauchard, A., et al. 2018. Biodiversity assessments : origin matters. PLoS Biology, 16(11):e2006686, doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.2006686.en_ZA
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dc.description.abstractRecent global efforts in biodiversity accounting, such as those undertaken through the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), are vital if we are to track conservation progress, ensure that we can address the challenges of global change, and develop powerful and scientifically sound indicators. Schlaepfer [1] proposes that we should work toward inventories of biodiversity that account for native and non-native species regardless of species origin and ecological context. We strongly disagree with the approach of combining counts of native and non-native species because this will reduce our capacity to detect the effects of non-native species on native biodiversity with potentially devastating consequences. Compelling and abundant evidence demonstrates that some non-native species can become invasive and produce major ecosystem disruptions and even native species extinction. Unfortunately, we still cannot be certain which non-native species will be the most detrimental (e.g., [2]). Combining native and non-native species together into a single biodiversity index would not only inflate biodiversity estimates and risk promoting the spread of invasive non-native species but would also ignore the fundamental ecological differences between the two groups.en_ZA
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dc.format.extent4 pagesen_ZA
dc.identifier.citationPauchard, A., et al. 2018. Biodiversity assessments : origin matters. PLoS Biology, 16(11):e2006686, doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.2006686en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn1545-7885 (online)
dc.identifier.issn1544-9173 (print)
dc.publisherPublic Library of Scienceen_ZA
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dc.subjectBiodiversity assessmentsen_ZA
dc.subjectConvention on Biological Diversityen_ZA
dc.subjectIntergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Servicesen_ZA
dc.subjectBiodiversity accountingen_ZA
dc.titleBiodiversity assessments : origin mattersen_ZA
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