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  • Global Critical Habitat Screening Layer (Published)
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  • Description

  • This screening layer shows the global spatial distribution of likely or potential Critical Habitat, as defined by the International Finance Corporation’s Performance Standard 6 (IFC PS6) criteria.

    The composite Critical Habitat layer draws on 20 global-scale datasets, of which 12 datasets support screening of Critical Habitat in the terrestrial realm and 15 datasets support screening in the marine realm. Datasets were disaggregated into subsets if the underlying attributes aligned with different Critical Habitat criteria.

    The raster layer attributes each grid cell (1×1 km) as likely or potential Critical Habitat, or unclassified based on a classification scheme reflecting biodiversity data layer alignment with IFC-PS6 Critical Habitat criteria/scenarios and inherent degree of certainty (in terms of presence on the ground).

    For further information on underlying trigger features behind a likely or potential Critical Habitat value for each cell within the composite data layer please contact business-support@unep-wcmc.org.

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  • Citation

  • UNEP-WCMC (2017) Global Critical Habitat screening layer (Version 1.0). Cambridge (UK): UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre. DOI: https://doi.org/10.34892/nc6d-0z73

    Other cited reference(s):
    Brauneder KM, Montes C, Blyth S, Bennun L, Butchart SH, Hoffmann M, Burgess ND, Cuttelod A, Jones MI, Kapos V, Pilgrim J, Tolley MJ, Underwood EC, Weatherdon LV, Brooks SE, 2018. Global screening for Critical Habitat in the terrestrial realm. PloS one, 13(3), p.e0193102. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0193102

    Martin CS, Tolley MJ, Farmer E, Mcowen CJ, Geffert JL, Scharlemann JPW, Thomas H, van Bochove JH, Stanwell-Smith D, Hutton JM, Lascelles B, Pilgrim JD, Ekstrom JMM, Tittensor DP, 2015. A global map to aid the identification and screening of Critical Habitat for marine industries. Marine Policy 53: 45-53. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2014.11.007 .

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