Journal article

Misleading results from conventional gap analysis - Messages from the warming north

Heini Kujala, Miguel B Araujo, Wilfried Thuiller, Mar Cabeza

Biological Conservation | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2011


Gap analysis is a widely used method for assessing the representation of species in protected area (PA) networks. However, representation does not imply persistence. Here, we investigated whether gap analysis may result in misleading conservation guidelines by comparing the representation to two indicators of persistence. We ran a gap analysis with Finnish breeding birds and identified conservation priorities based on current distribution patterns. We tested the sensitivity of these results by using two target setting schemes and several thresholds defining the amount of protected area, and found the levels of representation identified by gap analysis to be robust. We then compared the gap a..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank the numerous volunteers, whose valuable efforts in collecting data made this study possible; R.A. Vaisanen (FMNH) and R. Heikkinen (SYKE) for providing Finnish Bird Atlas and protected area data; L. Jaattela, I. Pozo, and E. Meyke helped with data processing; R. Virkkala, A. Hurlbert, E. Gurarie and three anonymous reviewers for valuable comments on the earlier versions of this manuscript. HK acknowledges LUOVA Graduate School for funding. WT and MBA acknowledge support from the EC FP6 ECO-CHANGE project (Grant GOCE-CT-2007-036866). This work has also been funded by the Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation.