RESOLVE and One Earth are pleased to announce the release of Ecoregion Snapshots, a concise guide to the terrestrial ecoregions of the world. Terrestrial ecoregions represent a new way of looking at life on Earth—a new world map painted by nature and informed by the distribution of plants and animals, the effects of mountain ranges, and other geographic and climatic features that determine "who lives where" in the natural world. Now freely available on One Earth's website, these Ecoregion Snapshots become "travel brochures" that highlight the most outstanding features of each place and why these natural treasures should be conserved.

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Click here to view the Ecoregion Snapshots

Since its introduction, the ecoregion framework has become widely adopted and cited in thousands of papers in the peer-reviewed scientific literature. Ecoregions serve as a centerpiece in the global analyses of biodiversity conservation priorities, including recent RESOLVE-led publications such as an Ecoregion-based Approach to Protect Half of the Terrestrial Realm, the Global Deal for Nature, and the Global Safety Net to reverse biodiversity loss and stabilize the climate.

Ecoregions are an important cornerstone of nature conservation, but the application of this framework goes far beyond the scientific community. For the first time, we collaborated with the world's leading biodiversity experts to create Ecoregion Snapshots—synthesizing the latest scientific discoveries and recent trends of local biodiversity into short narratives that invite readers to appreciate the fascinating landscapes and their natural wonders.

— Dr. Eric Dinerstein, Director of Biodiversity & Wildlife Solutions Program, RESOLVE

To make information about these ecoregions accessible to the widest possible audience, RESOLVE and One Earth embarked on a mission: to advance "ecoregion-based knowledge"—an ecological sense of place. RESOLVE's Dr. Eric Dinerstein, Dr. Carly Vynne, Sanjiv Fernando, and Andy Lee worked with a team of leading biodiversity scientists and world experts in conservation to create engaging, one-page narratives that draw readers into the fascinating landscapes and natural wonders present in each ecoregion. The Ecoregion Snapshots were written by Dr. Aleks Terauds (Australian Antarctic Division), Dr. Chris Carpenter (Wildlands Studies), Dr. David Olson (WWF-Hong Kong), Dr. Eric Wikramanayake (WWF-Hong Kong), Dr. Jan Schipper (Arizona Center for Nature Conservation/ Phoenix Zoo), Dr. Reed Noss (Florida Institute for Conservation Science), and the UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre Author Team (led by Emma Martin and Dr. Neil Burgess).

Every Ecoregion Snapshot includes recent information on local biodiversity features, protected areas, and overarching threats, accompanied by stunning photos of the habitat and important wildlife species. We also list priority conservation actions required by the next decade in order to safeguard the biodiversity of each ecoregion. Finally, we identify flagship species for each ecoregion—a "mascot" that represents the ecoregion's unique biogeography.

Now, readers are one click away from learning about the ecoregions they are interested in or have visited. At the same time, this information can be incorporated by conservationists and policy-makers to guide the development of ecoregion plans. In the near future, the Ecoregion Snapshots will be available as a stand-alone collection and for download.

CLICK here to see the global map of all terrestrial ecoregions

Andy Lee and Sanjiv Fernando


May 17, 2021