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Chapter 7: Select Targets

Higgins, Jonathan; Esselman, Rebecca

Standard 7: Select terrestrial, freshwater and marine conservation targets/biodiversity elements/features across multiple biological and spatial scales.

It is necessary to define a subset of targets that best represent the biodiversity of an ecoregion to focus the assessment. Conservation targets should cover the suite of biological scales (species to communities, ecological systems and other targets), taxa, and ecological characteristics to adequately inform comprehensive biodiversity conservation. Targets should include coarse and fine filter targets. This includes using rare and endangered, wide ranging, migratory and keystone species, rare communities, and all ecological systems and/or
ecosystem types, as well as additional targets that are useful in capturing the variety of biodiversity characteristics, scales and ecological processes.

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  • List and attributes of fine-filter targets such as distribution (local, widespread), conservation status (threatened and endangered), endemic, wide-ranging, rare communities and coarse-filter targets (ecological systems and ecosystems) as well as other types of targets as appropriate. See the Ecoregional Assessment Data Standards 1.0 for required fields.
  • Maps of occurrences of targets throughout the ecoregion.
  • Description of data gaps for specific target groups and geographic areas.

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