Report 496
A review of the use of biogeography and different biogeographic scales in MPA network assessment
(2014)
Gubbay, S.
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.
 

Introduction


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