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November 17, 2015

The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis recently awarded CBO funding from the Science for Nature and People (SNAP) program to support a working group led by lead investigators from the IUCN, the ASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes and the Wildlife Conservation Society.

The working group will focus on simplifying and stimulating the “routine documentation and assessment of the ecosystem services and human well-being benefits delivered by Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) as they are identified by national and local organizations.” KBAs are areas of particular global biodiversity importance to achieve biodiversity outcomes. The group intends to make the data available publicly through platforms such as the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT) in order to support improved environmental decision-making by both the public and private sectors, thereby achieving biodiversity outcomes.

Principal investigators of the group include CBO director Leah Gerber and CBO affiliate researcher Penny Langhammer.

Learn more about SNAP working groups here.