Areas of high diversity for the world's inland-breeding waterbirds

Laura Williamson, M Hudson, M. O'Connell, N. Davidson, R. Young, T. Amano, T. Székely

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Waterbirds are a globally-distributed, species-rich group of birds that are critically dependent upon wetland habitats. They can be used as ecosystem sentinels for wetlands, which as well as providing ecosystem services and functions essential to humans, are important habitats for a wide range of plant and animal taxa. Here we carry out the first global analysis of inland-breeding waterbird distributions using data from 471 waterbird species in 28 families to identify global areas of high waterbird diversity. First we identify the primary area of high diversity for all inland-breeding waterbird species to be in Eastern Africa. For globally threatened inland-breeding waterbirds, the area of highest diversity is in Eastern China. Second, we show that the current network of protected areas provides poor coverage for threatened waterbirds in Eastern and Central Asia, and Northern India. In contrast, there is a higher protected area coverage in most of Europe and Brazil. Targeting the specific areas that have the highest numbers of species and the poorest coverage of protected areas is vital for both waterbird and wetland conservation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1501-1512
Number of pages12
JournalBiodiversity and Conservation
Volume22
Issue number6-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013

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Williamson, L., Hudson, M., O'Connell, M., Davidson, N., Young, R., Amano, T., & Székely, T. (2013). Areas of high diversity for the world's inland-breeding waterbirds. Biodiversity and Conservation, 22(6-7), 1501-1512. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10531-013-0488-2

Areas of high diversity for the world's inland-breeding waterbirds. / Williamson, Laura; Hudson, M; O'Connell, M.; Davidson, N.; Young, R.; Amano, T.; Székely, T.

In: Biodiversity and Conservation, Vol. 22, No. 6-7, 06.2013, p. 1501-1512.

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Williamson, L, Hudson, M, O'Connell, M, Davidson, N, Young, R, Amano, T & Székely, T 2013, 'Areas of high diversity for the world's inland-breeding waterbirds', Biodiversity and Conservation, vol. 22, no. 6-7, pp. 1501-1512. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10531-013-0488-2
Williamson L, Hudson M, O'Connell M, Davidson N, Young R, Amano T et al. Areas of high diversity for the world's inland-breeding waterbirds. Biodiversity and Conservation. 2013 Jun;22(6-7):1501-1512. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10531-013-0488-2
Williamson, Laura ; Hudson, M ; O'Connell, M. ; Davidson, N. ; Young, R. ; Amano, T. ; Székely, T. / Areas of high diversity for the world's inland-breeding waterbirds. In: Biodiversity and Conservation. 2013 ; Vol. 22, No. 6-7. pp. 1501-1512.
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