Spatial conservation planning

Yosemite National Park (© S. Domisch)

Current freshwater conservation efforts fall short in effectively protecting freshwater biodiversity. Acknowledging the challenge in freshwater conservation management, further assessments are needed regarding the efficiency of conservation planning. We aim to analyze global, systematic conservation planning networks given the key features habitat and biodiversity to (i) highlight areas of irreplaceability within freshwater ecosystems, and (ii) to compare the effectiveness of present-day conservation efforts vs. alternative, prioritized freshwater conservation planning solutions.