Protecting biodiversity requires to understand not only how many species there are (taxonomic diversity), but also how they are related to each other (phylogenetic diversity) and how they function in ecosystems (functional ddiversity).
Why is this important? Because these different dimensions of biodiversity may respond differently to environmental changes, especially to anthropogenic perturbations. By considering all three facets, we can develop more effective conservation strategies.
That is precisely what the INTEGRADIV project does in the Euro-Mediterranean region. Focusing on three groups of organisms (trees, butterflies and birds), it leverages existing and newly collected data on their distribution, traits and evolutionary history to measure and map biodiversity across different scales and dimensions. Doing so, it assesses the ecological integrity of forests and their vulnerability to global changes.
- Where are the areas with high biodiversity value?
- How well-preserved are the Euro-Mediterranean forests?
- How did biodiversity patterns evolve, and how sensitive are they to future changes?
Take part in a 5-minute survey. It will help map high-value biodiversity areas and shape future conservation efforts.
The deadline is 19 December 2023.
UPDATE (19 Dec. 2023): Due to high interest, the deadline has been extended to 31 January 2024.