Image: Figure: 2010 regional tradeoffs
Two land-use change curves for Panama.
- © DP Faith
This figure shows two land-use change curves for Panama (for background and related analyses of these data, see: D. P. Faith, et al., Journal of Biogeography 31, 1207-1217 (2004)). Both curves illustrate how a constant rate of habitat loss (horizontal axis) would imply an increasing rate of biodiversity loss (vertical axis). The lower curve is for a case where the choice of places for conversion is not balanced with conservation needs, and disproportionately targets certain habitat types. The upper curve is for a case where new human-use lands are selected so as to minimize conflict with regional biodiversity conservation.