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Protecting China’s major urban bird diversity hotspots

Li, Li; Yan, Mingxiao; Hong, Yixuan; Feng, Weijia; Xie, Dong; Pagani-Núñez, Emilio


Li Li

Mingxiao Yan

Yixuan Hong

Weijia Feng

Dong Xie


The Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework puts forward a new conservation target to enhance urban biodiversity. Cities have a great potential for sustaining biodiversity and nurturing a healthy relationship between people and our nearest nature. It is especially important in developing countries such as China, which has a rich biodiversity and a rapidly growing urban population. Using citizen science data, we show that 48% of the national bird diversity and 42% of its threatened species have been recorded in the top-20 most avian-diverse cities of China. Urban bird diversity hotspots clustered along the eastern coast, indicating the importance of establishing an inter-city conservation network along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. This urban conservation network would be a starting point to promote social recognition of biodiversity’s relational value in a country with a vast population and an increasingly important role in meeting UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 25, 2023
Online Publication Date Oct 26, 2023
Publication Date 2024
Deposit Date Oct 27, 2023
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2023
Print ISSN 0044-7447
Electronic ISSN 1654-7209
Publisher Springer
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 53
Pages 339-350
Keywords Bird conservation, Convention on biological diversity, COP 15, GBF Target 12, Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, Urban biodiversity
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