ISLAND-BIODIV is a concerted, transnational and transregional collaboration to provide measures of biodiversity within island ecosystems and establish fast, efficient and long-term monitoring strategies for three inter-dependant functionally important groups:

Flowering plants

Macro-invertebrates living above ground

Micro-invertebrates inhabiting soil systems

The overarching objective of the ISLAND-BIODIV is to develop a coordinated biodiversity assessment program, across comparable ecosystems within three focal islands sampled from within three different archipelagos, to facilitate the quantitative assessment of biodiversity value.  The short-term objective of ISLAND-BIODIV is to develop the necessary methodology and undertake a series of intra-regional biodiversity assessments. Embedded in this objective is the coordination of sampling effort to address specific biodiversity needs and concerns at the level of stakeholders and policy makers. Longer-term objectives are the implementation of standardised procedures for science-led biodiversity evaluation, and the establishment of sampling plots for long-term monitoring and/or complementary biological analyses. Specifically we address the following questions:

(1) To what extent can biodiversity within a given ecosystem within an island be considered to be homogenous across the landscape of that ecosystem?

(2) Are there predictable patterns in the spatial variation of biodiversity among different functional groups within the same ecosystem?

(3) How well do existing management strategies within each oceanic region protect biodiversity, or represent the full breadth of biodiversity within an ecosystem?

(4) What realistic changes or extensions to management strategies could be incorporated to maximise biodiversity conservation?

These questions will be addressed by the application of modern DNA sequence based technology together with more traditional ecological sampling and survey techniques. These objectives directly address the collaborative research priorities of the Net-Biome call by characterising biodiversity and its evolution to enhance management and policy decision-making. The ISLAND-BIODIV work plan directly engages stakeholders across the three sampling regions, from the level of governmental policy makers, to local and private interest groups. Stakeholder engagement is designed to maximise the utility of ISLAND-BIODIV for policy and decision-making. Similarly public outreach activities are designed to cast a wide net and capture a diverse public audience to educate and inform about evaluation and valuation of biodiversity.

Partner 1 (IPNA-CSIC, Project leader): 66,300.00 Euros

Partner 2 (Universidad de La Laguna): 66,424.00 Euros

Partner 3 (Université de La Réunion): 101,035.00 Euros

Partner 4 (Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse 3): 120,543.28 Euros

Partner 5 (Universidade dos Açores, Terceira): 63,604.20 Euros

Partner 6 (Jardín Botánico Canario ‘Viera y Clavijo’-UA CSIC, Cabildo de Gran Canaria): 67,000.00 Euros

  • Date Approved: November 2011