Application of the New Key Biodiversity Area KBA Criterion for Ecological Integrity.
Robards, Martin; Ray, Justina
A new ecological integrity criterion in the KBA Standard has been designed (“Criterion C”). This standard identifies truly outstanding examples at the global scale of stillnatural and intact areas that maintain fully functional ecosystem types and their components and are therefore critical for sustaining biodiversity. In North America, large tracts of natural habitat remain in northern Canadian and Alaskan boreal and arctic environments, offering both an ideal opportunity to work through the particulars of this criterion, and most importantly to identify candidate sites that qualify. This will be useful both to help formulate specific guidance for application of Criterion C and to serve as a model for identification of Criterion C KBAs elsewhere in the world.

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