Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting nature.com. You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

Conservation needs to break free from global priority mapping

Global priority maps have been transformative for conservation, but now have questionable utility and may crowd out other forms of research. Conservation must re-engage with contextually rich knowledge that builds global understanding from the ground up.

Access options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.

from$8.99

All prices are NET prices.

References

  1. 1.

    Evans, M. Environ. Conserv. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0376892921000114 (2021).

  2. 2.

    Brooks, T. M. et al. Science 313, 58–61 (2006).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  3. 3.

    Margules, C. R. & Pressey, R. L. Nature 405, 243–253 (2000).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  4. 4.

    Myers, N. Bioscience 53, 916–917 (2003).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  5. 5.

    Myers, N., Mittermeier, R. A., Mittermeier, C. G., da Fonseca, G. A. B. & Kent, J. Nature 403, 853–858 (2000).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  6. 6.

    Hulme, M. Glob. Environ. Change 20, 558–564 (2010).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  7. 7.

    Kullberg, P. & Moilanen, A. Nat. Conserv. 12, 3–10 (2014).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  8. 8.

    McIntosh, E. J., Pressey, R. L., Lloyd, S., Smith, R. J. & Grenyer, R. Annu. Rev. Environ. Resour. 42, 677–697 (2017).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  9. 9.

    Turnhout, E., Dewulf, A. & Hulme, M. Curr. Opin. Environ. Sustain. 18, 65–72 (2016).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  10. 10.

    Evans, M. C., Davila, F., Toomey, A. & Wyborn, C. Nat. Ecol. Evol. 1, 1588 (2017).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  11. 11.

    Halpern, B. S., Regan, H. M., Possingham, H. P. & McCarthy, M. A. Ecol. Lett. 9, 2–11 (2006).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  12. 12.

    Mokany, K. et al. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 117, 9906–9911 (2020).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  13. 13.

    Moffette, F., Alix-Garcia, J., Shea, K. & Pickens, A. H. Nat. Clim. Change 11, 172–178 (2021).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  14. 14.

    zu Ermgassen, E. K. H. J. et al. Environ. Res. Lett. 15, 035003 (2020).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  15. 15.

    Schmidt-Traub, G. Nat. Ecol. Evol. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-021-01533-w (2021).

  16. 16.

    Obermeister, N. Sustain. Sci. 14, 843–856 (2019).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  17. 17.

    Sinclair, S. P. et al. Conserv. Lett. 11, e12459 (2018).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  18. 18.

    Mammides, C. et al. Biol. Conserv. 198, 78–83 (2016).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  19. 19.

    Turnhout, E. & Boonman-Berson, S. Ecol. Soc. 16, 35 (2011).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  20. 20.

    Malavasi, M. Biol. Conserv. 252, 108843 (2020).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  21. 21.

    Lahsen, M. & Turnhout, E. Environ. Res. Lett. 16, 025008 (2021).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  22. 22.

    Barnes, M. D., Glew, L., Wyborn, C. & Craigie, I. D. Nat. Ecol. Evol. 2, 759–762 (2018).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  23. 23.

    Popkin, G. Science https://doi.org/gpzx (24 October 2019).

  24. 24.

    Tengö, M. et al. Curr. Opin. Environ. Sustain. 26–27, 17–25 (2017).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  25. 25.

    Temper, L., del Bene, D. & Martinez-Alier, J. J. Political Ecol. 22, 255–278 (2015).

    Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Affiliations

Authors

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Carina Wyborn.

Ethics declarations

Competing interests

The authors declare no competing interests.

Supplementary information

Supplementary Information

Supplementary Fig. 1 and references.

Supplementary Data

Global priority mapping papers included in the analysis.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Wyborn, C., Evans, M.C. Conservation needs to break free from global priority mapping. Nat Ecol Evol (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-021-01540-x

Download citation

Search

Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing