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Purpose of the SCALETOOL Key issues Conceptual framework The meaning of “scale”
 

Purpose of the SCALETOOL

Why do we go on losing biodiversity? The answer depends on the spatial and temporal scale at which you view the world. At one scale it may be changes in climate, while at another one it may be habitat loss and fragmentation or disturbance. Anthropogenic and environmental pressures on biodiversity act differently at different scales, and management of the living world will be effective only if we understand how problems and solutions change with scale. Consequently, effective conservation and policy responses to these pressures must explicitly consider the scale at which effects occur, and therefore it is crucial that administrative levels and planning scales match the relevant biological scales.

SCALETOOL has been designed to help a wide range of users with understanding and exploring scaling issues in biodiversity research and conservation (see graph as an example). It contains recommendations for scale-conscious management practices and policy, methodological tools and advice, and web-links to relevant databases that are freely accessible. The overall aim is to improve biodiversity conservation across Europe and beyond.


The effect of geographic distance, climate and land-cover dissimilarities on β-diversity changes with the grain size of assessments. Regional scales (below 50 km grid sizes) refer to Finland for butterflies, Catalonia and Czech Republic for birds, and the United Kingdom for plants.

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CONDITIONS OF USE: We explicitly encourage the use of SCALETOOL. SCALETOOL is freely available for non-commercial use provided you acknowledge SCALES as source. For more extensive access to databases (e.g. for statistical analyses or if you want to contribute data), tools, or background material, please contact the SCALES coordinator (send us email).

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