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Include biodiversity representation indicators in area-based conservation targets

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Advances in spatial biodiversity science and nationally available data have enabled the development of indicators that report on biodiversity outcomes, account for uneven global biodiversity between countries, and provide direct planning support. We urge their inclusion in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

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Fig. 1: Measuring the transboundary nature of area-based biodiversity conservation.
Fig. 2: Example of four countries with differing divergence in protected area coverage and biodiversity outcomes as measured by the country SPI for terrestrial vertebrates.

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We acknwowledge funding from National Aeronautics and Space Administration grant 80NSSC18K0435 to W.J. and from the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation to W.J. and D.S.R.

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Jetz, W., McGowan, J., Rinnan, D.S. et al. Include biodiversity representation indicators in area-based conservation targets. Nat Ecol Evol 6, 123–126 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-021-01620-y

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