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Title: Applications of Rapid Evaluation of Metapopulation Persistence (REMP) in Conservation Planning for Vulnerable Fauna Species
Contributor(s): Taylor, Subhashni (author)orcid ; Drielsma, Michael (author); Taylor, Robert (author); Kumar, Lalit (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2016
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1007/s00267-016-0681-7
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Abstract: In many regions species are declining due to fragmentation and loss of habitat. If species persistence isto be achieved, ecologically informed, effective conservation action is required. Yet it remains a challenge to identify optimal places in a landscape to direct habitat reconstruction and management. Rather than relying on individual landscape metrics, process-based regional scale assessment methodology is needed that focuses primarily on species persistence. This means integrating, according to species' ecology, habitat extent, suitability, quality and spatial configuration. The rapid evaluation of metapopulation persistence (REMP) methodology has been developed for this purpose. However, till now no practical conservation planning application of REMP has been described. By integration of expert ecological knowledge, we extended REMP's capabilities to prioritize conservation action for a highly modified agricultural region of central NSW, Australia based on the metapopulation ecology of 34 fauna species. The region's current capacity to support the species was evaluated in relation to the pre-European state for which there was known viability. Six of the species were found to currently have insufficient habitat to support viable populations. Seeking locations to maximize overall improvement in viability for these species, we prioritized conservation action to locations near the threshold of metapopulation persistence.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Environmental Management, 57(6), p. 1281-1291
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1432-1009
Field of Research (FOR): 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
050104 Landscape Ecology
050205 Environmental Management
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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