Report 490
Review of Case Studies and Recommendations for the Inclusion of Expert Judgement in Marine Biodiversity Status Assessments
(2013)
Barnard, S. & Boyes, S.J.
This report examines the potential use of expert judgement as a tool or approach within marine biodiversity status assessments.
Summary
 
In recent years there has been an increasing shift in conservation and natural resource management away from a focus on single species, to an emphasis on ecosystem-level management. Therefore assessments of ecosystem condition are increasingly needed to support evaluation of management effectiveness, and to inform resource-management decisions.
 
Four studies from outside of the field of biodiversity assessment are reviewed, with the intention of demonstrating the potential value of expert judgement and to identify any key learning points that may subsequently be applicable to studies relating to biodiversity assessments.
 
Later in the report, a series of thirteen case studies that involve the use of expert judgement in biodiversity assessments (within either terrestrial or marine environments) are critically reviewed, and the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of each case study (SWOT analysis) is appraised.
 
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ISBN 0963 8091
 
Please cite as: Barnard, S. & Boyes, S.J., (2013), Review of Case Studies and Recommendations for the Inclusion of Expert Judgement in Marine Biodiversity Status Assessments, JNCC Report 490, ISBN 0963 8091