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The application of an indicator based on taxonomic distinctness for UK marine biodiversity assessments

Leonard, D.R.P., Clarke, K.R., Somerfield, P.J. and Warwick, R.M. (2006) The application of an indicator based on taxonomic distinctness for UK marine biodiversity assessments. Journal of Environmental Management, 78 (1). pp. 52-62.

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Mankind needs to use the resources and opportunities offered by the marine environment while protecting ecological processes and systems. This is the foundation for sustainable development, which can only be achieved by adopting an appropriate management approach. Whether internationally or at a regional scale, successful management of marine ecosystems needs to be based on a scientifically robust approach to monitoring environmental change. Within such a framework, the conservation of marine biological diversity is problematic, as many conventional measures of diversity are not appropriate for measuring the types of change that require management. New indicators are required and in this paper we summarise some of the current methodology being used to derive such indices, which may be used to evaluate the effectiveness of marine stewardship initiatives. Through a series of examples we demonstrate the application of the taxonomic distinctness indicator of biodiversity to marine environmental assessment and its development towards becoming an operational tool.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Academic Press
Copyright: © 2005 Elsevier Ltd.
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