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A global mapping template for natural and modified habitat across terrestrial Earth

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  • Joe Gosling
  • Matt I. Jones
  • Andy Arnell
  • James E. M. Watson
  • Oscar Venter
  • Andrea C. Baquero
  • Neil D. Burgess

The IPBES Global Assessment proposed five key interventions to tackle the drivers of nature deterioration. One of these proposals was to take pre-emptive and precautionary actions in regulatory and management institutions and businesses. Performance standards are tools that can be used to help achieve these interventions. The most influential standard is Performance Standard 6 (PS6) of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group. Institutions like the IFC invest in the private sector in developing countries, including in the infrastructure, agribusiness, forestry, oil, gas and mining sectors, all of which have the potential to cause large environmental impacts. A core element of PS6 outlines the need for the consideration of “natural and modified habitat” within investment screening processes. Here we use freely available data layers in combination to develop a new global layer that identifies natural and modified habitat. It is aligned with the IFC PS6 definitions of natural and modified habitat. However, we propose this layer as an output that can be used beyond the IFC and could be integrated into the investment decision making of global and regional banks, or the decision making of international corporations.

TidsskriftBiological Conservation
Antal sider9
StatusUdgivet - 2020

Bibliografisk note

Funding Information:
We would like to thank all the data providers who have made their data freely available for anyone to use. We would also like to thank other UNEP-WCMC staff, who are not authors, but provided their expert opinion when we were selecting and classifying datasets. Finally, we would like to thank Stuart Butchart, Andrew Plumptre and Olivia Crowe for providing the global KBA coverage statistic. This work was partially funded by partners of the Proteus Partnership. The funders were not involved in any aspect of this work. Joe Gosling: Conceptualization, Methodology, Formal analysis, Writing - Original Draft, Visualization, Project administration, Writing - Review & Editing. Matt I. Jones: Conceptualization, Methodology, Writing - Original Draft, Writing - Review & Editing, Funding acquisition. Andy Arnell: Methodology, Formal analysis, Writing - Review & Editing. James E. M. Watson: Writing - Review & Editing, Supervision. Oscar Venter: Resources, Writing - Review & Editing. Andrea C. Baquero: Methodology, Writing - Review & Editing, Visualization. Neil D. Burgess: Writing - Original Draft, Writing - Review & Editing, Supervision. The authors declare that they have no known competing financial interests or personal relationships that could have appeared to influence the work reported in this paper.

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