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UNEP-WCMC publications - 2018

Here you can find all the publications from 2018 and 2019, covering reports and scientific articles.

  1. Ashagre, B., Platts, P., Njana, M., Burgess, N., Balmford, A., Turner, R. and Schaafsma, M. (2018). Integrated modelling for economic valuation of the role of forests and woodlands in drinking water provision to two African cities. Ecosystem Services, 32, pp.50-61.
  2. BID-REX. 2019. Better data, better decisions: increasing the impact of biodiversity information. Technical report of phast 1 of the project BID-REX - from biodiveristy data to decisions: enhancing natural value through improved regional development policies. Interreg Europe
  3. Bingham, H., Juffe Bignoli, D., Lewis, E., MacSharry, B., Burgess, N., Visconti, P., Deguignet, M., Misrachi, M., Walpole, M., Stewart, J., Brooks, T. and Kingston, N. (2019). Sixty years of tracking conservation progress using the World Database on Protected Areas. Nature Ecology & Evolution. 3, pp.737–743.
  4. Bluwstein, J., Homewood, K., Lund, J., Nielsen, M., Burgess, N., Msuha, M., Olila, J., Sankeni, S., Millia, S., Laizer, H., Elisante, F. and Keane, A. (2018). A quasi-experimental study of impacts of Tanzania’s wildlife management areas on rural livelihoods and wealth. Scientific Data, 5, 180087.
  5. Brauneder, K., Montes, C., Blyth, S., Bennun, L., Butchart, S., Hoffmann, M., Burgess, N., Cuttelod, A., Jones, M., Kapos, V., Pilgrim, J., Tolley, M., Underwood, E., Weatherdon, L., Brooks, S. (2018) Global screening for Critical Habitat in the terrestrial realm. PLoS ONE 13(3), e0193102.
  6. Bruun, H., Gervin, C., Seipel, T. and Burgess, N. (2019). Presence of both active and inactive colonies of prairie dogs contributes to higher vegetation heterogeneity at the landscape scale. The American Midland Naturalist, 181(1), pp.104-117.
  7. Bull, J., Brauneder, K., Darbi, M., Van Teeffelen, A., Quétier, F., Brooks, S., Dunnett, S. and Strange, N. (2018). Data transparency regarding the implementation of European ‘no net loss’ biodiversity policiesBiological Conservation, 218, pp. 64-72.
  8. Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, Fauna & Flora International, University of East Anglia, & UNEP-WCMC (2017) The pollination deficit: Towards supply chain resilience in the face of pollinator decline. Cambridge (UK): UNEP-WCMC
  9. 9. United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, 2018. Canales Davila, C., Hills, J. Contributions from: Stefanos, F.., Weinberger, K, Naupa, A., Westbury, T., Unger, S., Ebarvia-Bautista, M., Suveinakama, P., Abeta, R., McOwen, C. and Böer, B., 2019. SDG 14 in Asia and the Pacific: An accelerator approach for implementation. Environment and Development Division, 2019.
  10. Capitani, C., van Soesbergen, A., Mukama, K., Malugu, I., Mbilinyi, B., Chamuya, N., Kempen, B., Malimbwi, R., Mant, R., Munishi, P., Njana, MA., Ortmann, A., Platts, PJ., Runsten, L., Sassen, M., Sayo, P., Shirima, D., Zahabu, E., Burgess, N., and Marchant, R (2018). Scenarios of land use and land cover change and their multiple impacts on natural capital in Tanzania. Environmental Conservation, 46(1), pp 17-24.
  11. Chiba, S., Saito, H., Fletcher, R., Yogi, T., Kayo, M., Miyagi, S., Ogido, M. and Fujikura, K. (2018). Human footprint in the abyss: 30 year records of deep-sea plastic debris. Marine Policy. 96, pp 204-212.
  12. Coad, L.; Fa, J.E.; Abernethy, K.; Van Vliet, N.; Santamaria, C.; Wilkie, D.; El Bizri, H.R.; Ingram, D.J.; Cawthorn, D-M.; Nasi, R. (2019). Toward a sustainable, participatory and inclusive wild meat sector. Bogor, Indonesia. Center for International Forestry Research.
  13. Corrigan, C., Bingham, H., Shi, Y., Lewis, E., Chauvenet, A. and Kingston, N. (2018). Quantifying the contribution to biodiversity conservation of protected areas governed by indigenous peoples and local communities. Biological Conservation, 227, pp.403-412.
  14. Crespo, G., Dunn, D., Reygondeau, G., Boerder, K., Worm, B., Cheung, W., Tittensor, D. and Halpin, P. (2018). The environmental niche of the global high seas pelagic longline fleet. Science Advances, 4(8), eaat3681.
  15. Cuni-Sanchez, A., Omeny, P., Pfeifer, M., Olaka, L., Mamo, M., Marchant, R. and Burgess, N. (2018). Climate change and pastoralists: perceptions and adaptation in montane Kenya. Climate and Development, pp.1-12.
  16. Cuni-Sanchez, A., Pfeifer, M., Marchant, R., Pompeu, P. and Burgess, N. (2018). Harvesting fodder trees in montane forests in Kenya: species, techniques used and impacts. New Forests, 49, pp.511-528.
  17. Dailianis, T., Smith, C., Papadopoulou, N., Gerovasileiou, V., Sevastou, K., Bekkby, T., Bilan, M., Billett, D., Boström, C., Carreiro-Silva, M., Danovaro, R., Fraschetti, S., Gagnon, K., Gambi, C., Grehan, A., Kipson, S., Kotta, J., McOwen, C., Morato, T., Ojaveer, H., Pham, C. and Scrimgeour, R. (2018). Human activities and resultant pressures on key European marine habitats: An analysis of mapped resources. Marine Policy, 98, pp.1-10.
  18. Danielsen, F., Burgess, N., Coronado, I., Enghoff, M., Holt, S., Jensen, P., Poulsen, M., and Rueda, R. ‘The value of indigenous and local knowledge as citizen science’, in Hecker, S., Haklay, M., Bowser, A., Makuch, Z., Vogel, J., and Bonn, A. (2018). Citizen Science: Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy. London: UCL Press.  
  19. Dargie, G., Lawson, I., Rayden, T., Miles, L., Mitchard, E., Page, S., Bocko, Y., Ifo, S. and Lewis, S. (2018). Congo Basin peatlands: threats and conservation priorities. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 24(4), pp.669-686.
  20. Darrah, S., Shennan-Farpón, Y., Loh, J., Davidson, N., Finlayson, C., Gardner, R. and Walpole, M. (2019). Improvements to the Wetland Extent Trends (WET) index as a tool for monitoring natural and human-made wetlands. Ecological Indicators, 99, pp.294-298.
  21. de Klerk, H., Burgess, N. and Visser, V. (2018). Probabilistic description of vegetation ecotones using remote sensingEcological Informatics, 46, pp.125-132.
  22. Di Minin, E., Brooks, T., Toivonen, T., Butchart, S., Heikinheimo, V., Watson, J., Burgess, N., Challender, D., Goettsch, B., Jenkins, R. and Moilanen, A. (2019). Identifying global centers of unsustainable commercial harvesting of species. Science Advances, 5(4), p.eaau2879.
  23. Dinerstein, E., Vynne, C., Sala, E., Joshi, A., Fernando, S., Lovejoy, T., Mayorga, J., Olson, D., Asner, G., Baillie, J., Burgess, N., Burkart, K., Noss, R., Zhang, Y., Baccini, A., Birch, T., Hahn, N., Joppa, L. and Wikramanayake, E. (2019). A Global Deal for Nature: Guiding principles, milestones, and targets. Science Advances, 5(4), p.eaaw2869.
  24. Franks P., Small R., Booker F. Contributions from Burgess, N. (2018) Social Assessment for Protected and Conserved Areas (SAPA). Methodology manual for SAPA facilitators. Second edition. London:IIED.
  25. García-Rangel, S., Hicks, C., Ravilious, C., Williamson, A., and Nguyen, T.P. (2017) Integrated land-use planning for REDD+: lessons from combining spatial analysis and participatory approaches at the sub-national level in Viet Nam. Hanoi: UN-REDD Viet Nam Phase II Programme.
  26. Garnett, S., Burgess, N., Fa, J., Fernández-Llamazares, Á., Molnár, Z., Robinson, C., Watson, J., Zander, K., Austin, B., Brondizio, E., Collier, N., Duncan, T., Ellis, E., Geyle, H., Jackson, M., Jonas, H., Malmer, P., McGowan, B., Sivongxay, A. and Leiper, I. (2018). A spatial overview of the global importance of Indigenous lands for conservation. Nature Sustainability, 1(7), pp.369.
  27. Geldmann, J., Coad, L., Barnes, M., Craigie, I., Woodley, S., Balmford, A., Brooks, T., Hockings, M., Knights, K., Mascia, M., McRae, L. and Burgess, N. (2018). A global analysis of management capacity and ecological outcomes in terrestrial protected areas. Conservation Letters, 11(3), p.e12434.
  28. Grady, J., Maitner, B., Winter, A., Kaschner, K., Tittensor, D., Record, S., Smith, F., Wilson, A., Dell, A., Zarnetske, P., Wearing, H., Alfaro, B. and Brown, J. (2019). Metabolic asymmetry and the global diversity of marine predatorsScience, 363(6425), p.eaat4220.
  29. Green, E.J., Buchanan, G.M., Butchart, S.H.M., Chandler, G.M., Burgess, N., Hill, S.L.L., Gregory, R.D. (2019). Relating characteristics of global biodiversity targets to reported progress. Conservation Biology
  30. Harfoot, M., Glaser, S., Tittensor, D., Britten, G., McLardy, C., Malsch, K. and Burgess, N. (2018). Unveiling the patterns and trends in 40 years of global trade in CITES-listed wildlife. Biological Conservation, 223, pp.47-57.
  31. Harfoot, M., Tittensor, D., Knight, S., Arnell, A., Blyth, S., Brooks, S., Butchart, S., Hutton, J., Jones, M., Kapos, V., Scharlemann, J. and Burgess, N. (2018). Present and future biodiversity risks from fossil fuel exploitation. Conservation Letters, 11(4), p.e12448.
  32. Jensen, T., Auliya, M., Burgess, N., Aust, P., Pertoldi, C. and Strand, J. (2019). Exploring the international trade in African snakes not listed on CITES: highlighting the role of the internet and social media. Biodiversity and Conservation, 28(1), pp.1-19.
  33. Jetz, W., McGeoch, M., Guralnick, R., Ferrier, S., Beck, J., Costello, M., Fernandez, M., Geller, G., Keil, P., Merow, C., Meyer, C., Muller-Karger, F., Pereira, H., Regan, E., Schmeller, D. and Turak, E. (2019). Essential biodiversity variables for mapping and monitoring species populations. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 3(4), pp.539-551
  34. Jucker, T., Wintle, B., Shackelford, G., Bocquillon, P., Geffert, J., Kasoar, T., Kovacs, E., Mumby, H., Orland, C., Schleicher, J., Tew, E., Zabala, A., Amano, T., Bell, A., Bongalov, B., Chambers, J., Corrigan, C., Durán, A., Duvic-Paoli, L., Emilson, C., da Silva, J., Garnett, E., Green, E., Guth, M., Hacket-Pain, A., Hinsley, A., Igea, J., Kunz, M., Luke, S., Lynam, W., Martin, P., Nunes, M., Ockendon, N., Pavitt, A., Payne, C., Plutshack, V., Rademacher, T., Robertson, R., Rose, D., Serban, A., Simmons, B., Emilson, E., Tayleur, C., Wordley, C. and Mukherjee, N. (2018). Ten-year assessment of the 100 priority questions for global biodiversity conservationConservation Biology, 32(6), pp.1457-1463.
  35. Leach, K., Grigg, A., O'Connor, B., Brown, C., Vause, J., Gheyssens, J., Weatherdon, L., Halle, M., Burgess, N., Fletcher, R., Bekker, S., King, S. and Jones, M., 2019. A common framework of natural capital assets for use in public and private sector decision making. Ecosystem Services, 36, p.100899.
  36. Ling, M. A., King, S., Mapendembe, A., and Brown, C. 2018. A review of ecosystem service valuation progress and approaches by the Member States of the European Union. UNEP-WCMC, Cambridge, UK.
  37. Mace, G., Barrett, M., Burgess, N., Cornell, S., Freeman, R., Grooten, M. and Purvis, A. (2018). Aiming higher to bend the curve of biodiversity loss. Nature Sustainability, 1(9), pp.448.
  38. Miloslavich, P., Bax, N., Simmons, S., Klein, E., Appeltans, W., Aburto-Oropeza, O., Andersen Garcia, M., Batten, S., Benedetti-Cecchi, L., Checkley, D., Chiba, S., Duffy, J., Dunn, D., Fischer, A., Gunn, J., Kudela, R., Marsac, F., Muller-Karger, F., Obura, D. and Shin, Y. (2018). Essential ocean variables for global sustained observations of biodiversity and ecosystem changes. Global Change Biology, 24(6), pp.2416-2433.
  39. Moreaux, C., Zafra-Calvo, N., Vansteelant, N., Wicander, S. and Burgess, N. (2018). Can existing assessment tools be used to track equity in protected area management under Aichi Target 11? Biological Conservation, 224, pp.242-247.
  40. Muller-Karger, F., Miloslavich, P., Bax, J., Simmons, S., Costello, J., Sousa, I., Canonico, G., Turner, W., Gill M., Montes, E., Best, D., Pearlman, J., Halpin, P., Dunn, D., Benson, A., Martin, S., Weatherdon, L., Appeltans, W., Provoost, P., Klein, E., Kelble, R., Miller, J., Chavez, P., Iken, K, Chiba, S., Obura, D., Navarro, M., Pereira, M., Allain, V., Batten, S., Benedetti-Checchi, L., Duffy, E., Kudela, R., Rebelo, L., Shin, Y., and Geller, G. (2018). Advancing Marine Biological Observations and Data Requirements of the Complementary Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs) and Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) Frameworks. Frontiers in Marine Science, 5, 211. 
  41. Narangerel, Z., Nandin-Erdene, G., de Lamo, X., Simonson, W., Guth, M. and Hicks, C.(2017) Using spatial analysis to explore potential for multiple benefits from REDD+ in Mongolia. Joint report of the Information and Research Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Environment (IRIMHE), UNEP-WCMC and Mongolia National UN-REDD Programme, Ulaanbaatar
  42. Newbold, T., Tittensor, D., Harfoot, M., Scharlemann, J. and Purves, D. (2018). Non-linear changes in modelled terrestrial ecosystems subjected to perturbations. bioRxiv, p.439059
  43. Robinson, J. and Sinovas, P. (2018). Challenges of analyzing the global trade in CITES-listed wildlife. Conservation Biology. 32(5), pp.1203-1206.
  44. Rodríguez, A., de Lamo, X. and Sebastià, M. (2018). Interactions between global change components drive plant species richness patterns within communities in mountain grasslands independently of topography. Journal of Vegetation Science, 29(6), pp.1029-1039.
  45. Rogalla von Bieberstein, K., Sattout, E., Christensen, M., Pisupati, B., Burgess, N., Harrison, J. and Geldmann, J. (2019). Improving collaboration in the implementation of global biodiversity conventions. Conservation Biology, pp 1-11
  46. Rogalla von Bieberstein, K., Guarás, D., Ivory, S., Ayres, C., Ognibene, L., Ingwall-King, L., Brooks, S., Garcia Rangel, S., Morris, S., and Kreilhuber, A., with additional support from Martin, C., Obrecht, A., Fletcher, R., Grigg, A., Kapos, V., Tarek, I., Pacheco, A., Yashiro, M., Raine, A., Vignol, R., Nawadra, S., Morgado, M., Cawthorne, L., Kitooke, S., and Wabunoha, R. UN Environment (2018). Assessing Environmental Impacts- A Global Review of Legislation, Nairobi, Kenya: UN Environment
  47. Rose, D., Sutherland, W., Amano, T., González-Varo, J., Robertson, R., Simmons, B., Wauchope, H., Kovacs, E., Durán, A., Vadrot, A., Wu, W., Dias, M., Di Fonzo, M., Ivory, S., Norris, L., Nunes, M., Nyumba, T., Steiner, N., Vickery, J. and Mukherjee, N. (2018). The major barriers to evidence-informed conservation policy and possible solutions. Conservation Letters, 11(5) ,p.e12564.
  48. Sandbrook, C., Fisher, J., Holmes, G., Luque-Lora, R. and Keane, A. (2019). The global conservation movement is diverse but not dividedNature Sustainability, 2(4), pp 316-323.
  49. Schuerch, M., Spencer, T., Temmerman, S., Kirwan, M., Wolff, C., Lincke, D., McOwen, C., Pickering, M., Reef, R., Vafeidis, A., Hinkel, J., Nicholls, R. and Brown, S. (2018). Future response of global coastal wetlands to sea-level rise. Nature, 561(7722), pp 231-234.
  50. Smith, R., Bennun, L., Brooks, T., Butchart, S., Cuttelod, A., Di Marco, M., Ferrier, S., Fishpool, L., Joppa, L., Juffe‐Bignoli, D., Knight, A., Lamoreux, J., Langhammer, P., Possingham, H., Rondinini, C., Visconti, P., Watson, J., Woodley, S., Boitani, L., Burgess, N., Silva, N., Dudley, N., Fivaz, F., Game, E., Groves, C., Lötter, M., McGowan, J., Plumptre, A., Rebelo, A., Rodriguez, J. and Scaramuzza, C. (2018). Synergies between the key biodiversity area and systematic conservation planning approaches. Conservation Letters, 12(1), p.e12625
  51. Soterroni, A.C., Mosnier, A., Carvalho, A.X.Y., Câmara, G., Obersteiner, M., Andrade,P.R., Souza, R.C., Brock, R., Pirker, J., Kraxner, F., Havlík, P., Kapos, V., zu Ermgassen, E.K.H.J., Valin, H., Ramos, F.M. (2018) Future environmental and agricultural impacts of Brazil’s Forest Code, Environmental Research Letters, 13(7), p.074021
  52. UN Environment, International Coral Reef Initiative, UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre. (2018). Analysis of international funding for the sustainable management of coral reefs and associated coastal ecosystems. Available at:
  53. UNEP-WCMC, 2018. Effective use of knowledge in developing the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, CBD/SBSTTA/22/INF/31, CBD/SBI/2/INF/33
  54. UNEP-WCMC, 2018. Literature-based assessment and lessons learned analysis of progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. CBD/SBSTTA/22/INF/35
  55. UNEP-WCMC, 2018. Ocean+ Habitat Atlas: User Manual 1.0. Cambridge, UK: UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre
  56. UNEP-WCMC, 2018. Supporting the implementation of Decisions XIII/24 of the Conference of the Parties, CBD/SBI/2/INF/13.
  57. van Soesbergen A, Sassen M, Kimsey, S, Hill S., 2019. Potential impacts of agricultural development on freshwater biodiversity in the Lake Victoria basin. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, pp 1–11.
  58. Vrieling, A., Meroni, M., Darvishzadeh, R., Skidmore, A., Wang, T., Zurita-Milla, R., Oosterbeek, K., O'Connor, B. and Paganini, M., 2018. Vegetation phenology from Sentinel-2 and field cameras for a Dutch barrier island. Remote Sensing of Environment 215, pp 517-529
  59. Weatherdon, L. (2018) Horizon scan of priorities for European marine pilot accounts, Cambridge, UK: UNEP-WCMC.
  60. Wetzel, F., Bingham, H., Groom, Q., Haase, P., Kõljalg, U., Kuhlmann, M., Martin, C., Penev, L., Robertson, T., Saarenmaa, H., Schmeller, D., Stoll, S., Tonkin, J. and Häuser, C. (2018). Unlocking biodiversity data: Prioritization and filling the gaps in biodiversity observation data in Europe. Biological Conservation, 221, pp.78-85.
  61. Wicander S, Coad L. (2018) Can the Provision of Alternative Livelihoods Reduce the Impact of Wild Meat Hunting in West and Central Africa? Conservation Society. 16(4), pp 441-58
  62. Worm, B. and Tittensor, D. (2018). A Theory of Global Biodiversity (MPB-60). Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  63. Wyborn, C., Louder, E., Harrison, J., Montambault, J., Montana, J., Ryan, M., Bednarek, A., Nesshöver, C., Pullin, A., Reed, M., Dellecker, E., Kramer, J., Boyd, J., Dellecker, A. and Hutton, J. (2018). Understanding the Impacts of Research Synthesis. Environmental Science & Policy, 86, pp 72-84.
  64. Zabala, A., Sandbrook, C. and Mukherjee, N. (2018). When and how to use Q methodology to understand perspectives in conservation research. Conservation Biology, 32(5), pp.1185-1194
  65. Zafra-Calvo, N., Garmendia, E., Pascual, U., Palomo, I., Gross-Camp, N., Brockington, D., Cortes-Vazquez, J., Coolsaet, B. and Burgess, N. (2019). Progress toward equitably managed protected areas in Aichi Target 11: a global surveyBioScience, 69(3), pp 191-197