Imperial College London

Dr Samraat Pawar

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences (Silwood Park)

Senior Lecturer



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2.4KennedySilwood Park






BibTex format

author = {Pawar, S and Koo, MS and Kelley, C and Ahmed, MF and Chaudhuri, S and Sarkar, S},
doi = {10.1016/j.biocon.2006.12.012},
journal = {Biological Conservation},
pages = {346--361},
title = {Conservation assessment and prioritization of areas in Northeast India: Priorities for amphibians and reptiles},
url = {},
volume = {136},
year = {2007}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - This study combines niche modeling and systematic area prioritization using distribution data for 131 species of amphibians and reptiles from Northeast India and Burma, with two objectives: (i) to evaluate the performance of the current conservation area network in Northeast India with respect to the representation of amphibians and reptiles, and (ii) to identify potential areas for expanding the current conservation area network. In a two-step protocol, maximum entropy niche modeling was used to project species’ potential geographic occurrences, and the resulting probabilistic distribution data were used to prioritiz areas with algorithms that maximize the representation of all species in minimal total area. The results provided a critical assessment of conservation priorities in this data-deficient region, and indicate the utility of combining niche modeling with systematic area prioritization in such situations. Many areas that had been overlooked in previous assessments were identified. Although the existing protected areas were found to be inadequate for representation of amphibian and reptile diversity, the prioritization results show that by targeting a minimal representation of 5% of the current total area suitable for each species, the gaps can be filled with a relatively modest (0.41%) increase in the current total area covered by the network. Extended analyses were also performed to assess the effects of putatively rare species on reserve selection, which showed that the inclusion of these taxa can change the prioritization solutions significantly. The prioritization results also highlight areas of Northeast India that warrant attention from future surveys.
AU - Pawar,S
AU - Koo,MS
AU - Kelley,C
AU - Ahmed,MF
AU - Chaudhuri,S
AU - Sarkar,S
DO - 10.1016/j.biocon.2006.12.012
EP - 361
PY - 2007///
SN - 0006-3207
SP - 346
TI - Conservation assessment and prioritization of areas in Northeast India: Priorities for amphibians and reptiles
T2 - Biological Conservation
UR -
UR -
VL - 136
ER -