Conservation Planning and Biodiversity: Assembling the Best Data for the Job
Readers of the note by Brooks et al. (2004) will, I hope, be persuaded of the urgent need for more comprehensive data on species. It would be unfortunate, though, if readers formed the impression that biodiversity processes cannot be seriously considered by conservation planners because 'Techniques for mapping and measuring ecological and evolutionary processes are in their infancy.' More unfortunate would be the impression that 'broad-scale biodiversity attributes' (Brooks et al. 2004), hereafter 'land types' (such as vegetation units or land systems) are alternatives to data on species.