As with any decision-making process that involves an investment of resources toward strategic goals, conservation requires setting priorities, evaluating tradeoffs, and developing approaches to measure progress. NatureServe works across a wide range of sectors, including national governments, industry, and NGOs, to develop science-based approaches for identifying the highest conservation priorities and quantifying the success of conservation investments.
How can we assess if policies aimed at protecting imperiled species and their habitats are achieving their intended goals? How can we measure if these goals are being achieved?
NatureServe’s Biodiversity Indicators Program oversees the development and use of indicators and provides support for building online tools to visualize biodiversity indicators.
One primary way we conserve biodiversity is to identify and protect places encompassing the lands and waters needed for plant and animal communities to survive.