The aim of the Biome Health Project, funded by WWF-UK, is to develop a field-based study system that provides new evidence on how biodiversity responds to human pressures and how conservation interventions can be used to reduce the impacts of these pressures.
In collaboration with regional WWF offices and local partners, we are developing and implementing four complementary field research projects in four different biomes; tropical forest, savanna grassland, sub-tropical dry forest and coral reefs. Each biome differs in the pressures to biodiversity and in the species level responses to those pressures. By monitoring biome appropriate indicators of biodiversity (our measure of biome health) for each field project across a number of sites with varying levels of human pressure and where conservation efforts are underway, we will quantify the relationship between pressure, response and solution for each biome. This design is highly flexible and conceptually can be reproduced for different biomes and indicators, making the study scalable. The project will provide a unique and continuing resource for research and for the public communication of evidence-based solutions to help halt the loss of biodiversity.
We hope that the field sites of the Biome Health Project will become hubs of research in the future. If you are interested in conducting complimentary research at any of our field sites, please get in touch.
Additionally, we are interested in expanding the scope of the project by adding in additional field sites in different biomes and countries. If you work at a site and are conducting research along a gradient of human pressure, we would love to hear from you.