State Of The Planet
The impact of human development and climate change on the world's ecosystems has already been devastating. We need to know the damage caused and what the future holds to take the right conservation action.
As a leading conservation organization, ZSL is at the forefront of innovation in conservation science and practice. We are developing new conservation tools to gather information on the status of ecosystems and species from around the globe.
This information will allow us to influence policy making and conservation action on large and small scales, and to keep an eye on how effective conservation measures are proving.
Climate change is already having a significant impact on the natural world, being forecasted to be a major driver of species extinction this century. ZSL is determined to support support local, national and international efforts to address climate change and to help develop innovative approaches to mitigate and adapt to these changes.
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In order to know where the most vulnerable species are found and which groups of animals need the most urgent conservation attention, we need ways of collecting data from difficult locations accross the globe. ZSL helping to develop new technologies to allow conservationists to direct resources in the most effective way possible.
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Camera trapping is a central tool for conservation. It allows us to extend the reach of data collection over wider areas and over much greater periods of time. Undiscovered populations of rare species have been caught on camera, Antarctic penguins have been monitored, and, on a global scale, the fate of biodiversity can be modelled from pooled data.
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Models & Indices
Collating and analysing vast amounts of data from around the globe is vital to ensuring that we have a clear picture of what is happening to biodiversity, species and conservation efforts. ZSL is involved in deleoping new systems for gatherig data together, as well as using thsi data to produce valuable insights into conservation issues.
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