Report 439
Meeting the MPA network design principles of representivity and adequacy: Developing species-area curves for habitats
(2011)
Rondinini, C
Defra have tasked the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) and Natural England with providing detailed scientific advice on the design of the marine protected area (MPA) network and site selection in English inshore waters and offshore waters adjacent to England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Summary

 
 

To meet the network design principle of representativity JNCC and Natural England have chosen to use broad-scale habitats, also known as EUNIS level 3 habitat types, and the habitats of conservation importance (rare, threatened or declining in UK waters) to represent the range of biodiversity in UK waters.

 

The objectives of the present work are as follows:

(1) to assess for which habitat types it is possible to fit species-area curves either directly or indirectly; and

(2) where data allow, fit habitat-specific species-area curves to aid the development of habitat-specific conservation targets.

 

 
 
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ISSN 0963-8091
 
Please cite as: Rondinini, C, (2011), Meeting the MPA network design principles of representivity and adequacy: Developing species-area curves for habitats, JNCC Report 439, ISSN 0963-8091