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Conserving the Legacy of Evolution into the Future

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Project "CLEF" data sheet

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Organization address
address: RUE MICHEL ANGE 3
city: PARIS
postcode: 75794

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 Coordinator Country France [FR]
 Project website
 Total cost 185˙076 €
 EC max contribution 185˙076 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-09-01   to  2018-03-07


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 Project objective

Conserving the Legacy of Evolution (CLEF) would provide a comprehensive framework for translating biodiversity datasets into conservation plans. We now have a unique opportunity to improve the outlook for biodiversity by taking advantage of the wealth of newly available data on species ranges, functional characteristics, and phylogenetic data. CLEF proposes to: (1) develop sophisticated, yet easy-to-use biodiversity models that improve our understanding of where diversity occurs and better predict how diversity might change in the future, and (2) integrate the output of these biodiversity models with systematic conservation planning. CLEF would advance a new generation of biodiversity modelling that considers multiple species in one step rather than the standard practice of estimating species diversity by aggregating individual models. Early work has suggested these multi-species biodiversity models show great promise for improving present and future biodiversity estimates, but these models have yet to be comprehensively tested. Here, we will build and test these models for plant species in the French Alps, and compare the outputs to existing process-based models at identical scale and resolution. The second phase of CLEF is to develop a tool that directly uses the outputs of these models in conservation prioritization software. This tool will have the option of including phylogenetic, functional data, and future distributions by building on recent developments in this area. CLEF will demonstrate this approach for 2700 plant species to assign conservation priorities for the entire French Alps Region considering functional diversity, evolutionary diversity, climate and land-use change and protected area status. The methods resulting from CLEF could be used for any species-level biodiversity dataset—helping scientists and conservationists better understand, predict, and plan to keep evolution’s legacy intact.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Rafael O. Wüest, Tamara Münkemüller, Sébastien Lavergne, Laura J. Pollock, Wilfried Thuiller
Integrating correlation between traits improves spatial predictions of plant functional composition
published pages: 472-481, ISSN: 0030-1299, DOI: 10.1111/oik.04420
Oikos 127/3 2019-06-18
2017 Laura J. Pollock, Wilfried Thuiller, Walter Jetz
Large conservation gains possible for global biodiversity facets
published pages: 141-144, ISSN: 0028-0836, DOI: 10.1038/nature22368
Nature 546/7656 2019-06-18
2017 Dan F. Rosauer, Laura J. Pollock, Simon Linke, Walter Jetz
Phylogenetically informed spatial planning is required to conserve the mammalian tree of life
published pages: 20170627, ISSN: 0962-8452, DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0627
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 284/1865 2019-06-18

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