4. Tracking Change in Abundance: The Living Planet Index

  1. Ben Collen2,
  2. Nathalie Pettorelli2,
  3. Jonathan E. M. Baillie3 and
  4. Sarah M. Durant2
  1. Ben Collen2,
  2. Louise McRae2,
  3. Jonathan Loh1,
  4. Stefanie Deinet2,
  5. Adriana De Palma2,
  6. Robyn Manley2 and
  7. Jonathan E. M. Baillie3

Published Online: 25 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118490747.ch4

Biodiversity Monitoring and Conservation: Bridging the Gap between Global Commitment and Local Action

Biodiversity Monitoring and Conservation: Bridging the Gap between Global Commitment and Local Action

How to Cite

Collen, B., McRae, L., Loh, J., Deinet, S., De Palma, A., Manley, R. and Baillie, J. E. M. (2013) Tracking Change in Abundance: The Living Planet Index, in Biodiversity Monitoring and Conservation: Bridging the Gap between Global Commitment and Local Action (eds B. Collen, N. Pettorelli, J. E. M. Baillie and S. M. Durant), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118490747.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RY, UK

  2. 3

    Conservation Programmes, Zoological Society of London, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RY, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    WWF International, Avenue du Mont-Blanc CH-1196, Gland, Switzerland

  2. 2

    Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RY, UK

  3. 3

    Conservation Programmes, Zoological Society of London, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RY, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 FEB 2013
  2. Published Print: 12 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444332919

Online ISBN: 9781118490747

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Keywords:

  • biodiversity change;
  • living planet index (LPI);
  • species-based indicators;
  • vertebrate population abundance

Summary

Understanding change in population abundance is critical to understanding change in biodiversity. This chapter presents an indicator measuring change in abundance of vertebrate species over a 37-year time period from 1970 to 2007. The Living Planet Index (LPI) measures global vertebrate abundance trends over time by calculating the average change in abundance for each year compared with the preceding year, which is then chained to the previous average annual population change to make an index. The chapter explores the prospect of taking the global indicator of change in species abundance, and applying it at the regional and national level, and to thematic groups. It highlights several examples where this has been done, and discusses how data coverage and data integrity are important factors in extending the utility of this index. The chapter also describes the potential strengths and limitations to using abundance indices to monitor change in biodiversity.