Target species - species of European concern; a database driven selection of plant and animal species for the implementation of the Pan European Ecological Network

W.A. Ozinga, M. de Heer, S.M. Hennekens, A.J.F.M. van Opstal, J.H.J. Schaminée, H. Sierdsema, N.A.C. Smits, A.H.P. Stumpel, C. van Swaay

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Abstract

The concept of ecological networks is becoming increasingly important in both policies and practices of nature conservation throughout Europe. The establishment of the Pan Ecological European Network (PEEN) can be seen as one of the priority issues for nature conservation. For the establishment of such networks, it is essential to have adequate information on the threat status and distribution of plant and animal species throughout Europe. As there are thousands of plant and animal species, it is necessary to make a selection of species that are considered to be of specific conservation concern, so-called ‘target species’. In this report the concept of target species is developed, on the basis of a common set of criteria (legal protection, threat status and degree of endemism). A database has been developed which includes complete species lists for Europe for the following groups of organisms: vascular plants, vertebrates (freshwater fishes, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals) and butterflies. Based on the three criteria a provisional selection of target species has been carried out
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherAlterra
Number of pages192
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Publication series

NameAlterra-rapport
PublisherAlterra
No.1119
ISSN (Print)1566-7197

Keywords

  • nature conservation
  • directives
  • habitats
  • birds
  • endangered species
  • wildlife
  • databases
  • europe
  • vegetation
  • flora
  • fauna
  • ecological network

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