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Pedro P. Olea and Patricia Mateo-Tomás Living in risky landscapes: delineating management units in multithreat environments for effective species conservation Journal of Applied Ecology 51

Article first published online: 29 OCT 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12176

Our results show wide spatial variation for species’ threats and suggest incorporation of this heterogeneity into conservation schemes. We demonstrate how multivariate statistics, coupled with uncertainty analysis, can be employed in a systematic and repeatable way to deal with the heterogeneous landscapes of risk that species face across their ranges. Our approach allows researchers and managers to delineate management units according to similarity in species’ threats for any targeted organization level (e.g. individuals, territories, populations). The results can be visualized in Euclidean and geographical spaces for better interpretation, allowing managers to design more effective conservation actions.

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