A study conducted by NatureServe and published in PLOS ONE yesterday documents the loss of ecosystem diversity across the Americas and that terrestrial ecosystems are widely underrepresented in protected areas.
In 2019, unusually severe forest fires raged around the world, destroying natural landscapes and nearby human and wildlife communities in catastrophic blazes. in Bolivia, a megadiverse country with some of the most extensive tropical forests in the world, devastating fires consumed millions of acres of vegetation. NatureServe Network program Fundación Amigos de la Naturaleza (FAN) works in Bolivia to monitor and prevent forest fires and deforestation in some of the world's most overlooked biodiversity-rich ecosystems.
Last year, in collaboration with the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre and the global Biodiversity Indicators Partnership (BIP), NatureServe launched the BIP Dashboard, a game-changing, interactive online tool that visualizes trends over time in critical indicators of biodiversity and ecosystem health.
NatureServe’s newly released Map of Biodiversity Importance is now available on Esri’s Living Atlas of the World, providing an unprecedented, high-resolution view of the places that matter most for sustaining our nation’s biodiversity.
During these unprecedented times, NatureServe wants you to know we’re actively taking steps in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to taking steps to protect the well-being of our Network and staff, we continue to work every day to protect the natural world.
With the world currently facing an unprecedented rate of extinction, SAS has joined forces with NatureServe, an organization focused on protecting biodiversity, to use analytics and AI to measure the degree of imperilment for plants and animals. These assessments are a costly and highly manual process. With SAS, NatureServe will be able to make its assessments more automated and reliable while gaining significant efficiencies and cost savings to the complex task of analyzing over 7 million known species of plants and animals on the Earth.