Nationwide citizen science data show the importance of farmland outside protected areas for China’s avifauna. We urge the government of China to develop a national strategy for policy and research to protect biodiversity and traditional knowledge of sustainable agriculture to meet the post-2020 goal of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
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We are grateful to F. Hua, F. Fassnacht, D. Wilcove and F. Herzog for valuable discussions and comments. G. Gautschi helped us with the English editing of the manuscript.
The authors declare no competing interests.
Supplementary Methods, Fig. 1 and references.
Supplementary Table 1. List of potential habitat area for China’s avian species specifying farmland habitat percentage. Among the 1,111 species, 220 species use farmland as habitat, and 121 species have over 50% potential habitat in farmlands.
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Li, L., Hu, R., Huang, J. et al. A farmland biodiversity strategy is needed for China. Nat Ecol Evol 4, 772–774 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-020-1161-2
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