A review of the use of biogeography and different biogeographic scales in MPA network assessment
Biogeography is the study of patterns of distribution of biological diversity; this report reviews the use of biogeography and biogeographic scales in the design and assessment of a global MPA network.
Biogeography is the study of patterns of distribution of biological
diversity. These patterns are a key consideration in the various
principles and criteria which have been drawn up at global and
regional levels to guide the design and assessment of an
ecologically coherent network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
This is recognised in the joint statement by UK Administrations
which considers that “there is a strong scientific case for an
assessment of a marine protected area network to be based on
biogeographic regions, rather than administrative regions, in line
with OSPAR guidance.”
The report reviews the use of biogeography and biogeographic
scales in MPA network design and assessment globally and makes
recommendations for JNCC and the country conservation bodies based
on the findings. The recommendations are framed in the context of
current data availability and scientific understanding, and include
consideration of whether there is a scientific case to use
different biogeographic scales to assess the UK’s contribution to
an MPA network in the north-east Atlantic against each of the OSPAR
MPA network design principles.
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ISSN 0963 8901
Please cite as: Gubbay, S., (2014), A review of the use of biogeography and different biogeographic scales in MPA network assessment, JNCC Report 496, ISSN 0963 8901