Mapping Potential Conservation Lands in Support of 30x30
Conservation Biology Institute (CBI) worked closely with the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) to integrate relevant spatial datasets to map areas of high value from the standpoint of carbon storage and sequestration, terrestrial ecological value, and aquatic value in support of several NRDC programs, including their 30X30 campaign to protect 30% of nature by 2030. Click here to learn more about the 30x30 initiative.
Using CBI’s online modeling software, Environmental Evaluation Modeling System (EEMS), team members were able to construct, review, and modify the models in a rigorous and highly transparent fashion from their individual remote locations. The resulting “living” models can now be used alone or together and in combination with other spatial data (e.g., existing protected areas) to add further context and insight using Data Basin. One of the advantages of EEMS is the ability to easily update the models as new data become available and as conditions change over time.
The lower 48 states were organized into seven subregions to help identify areas of high value for each topic within each subregion rather than considering a single area of interest. This allowed for the discrimination of locations of high value within each subregion that might otherwise be missed by a single national modeling approach. Twenty-one final spatial models were created that are now being used to provide science-based guidance to NRDC as they continue their important conservation mission.