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Chapter 10: Analyze Threats

Higgins, Jonathan; Esselman, Rebecca

Standard 10: Conduct an analysis of the severity and geographic scope of threats to conservation targets/biodiversity elements and their occurrences, and analyze the root causes of priority threats.

The type, source, severity, and scope of threats drive portfolio design, strategy development and conservation actions. Threat prevention and abatement are keys to securing biodiversity. Updated analyses of threats are critical to evaluate the dynamic landscape to better inform conservation actions and opportunities, and offer a critical indicator of the status of threats to biodiversity and degree of success of our conservation actions.

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  • List of dominant threats to each conservation target or to groups of targets.
  • Analysis (including maps and database) of the severity (degree of impact to target viability) and the geographic scope (distribution) of the threat to target occurrences.
  • Descriptive narrative or schematic diagram of the root causes, or driving forces to dominant threats across the ecoregion linking them to biodiversity elements/targets and their occurrences.

Part of the Ecoregional Assessment Toolbox -- a guidance document supporting TNC's Ecoregional Assessement approach for priority setting.