Supporting Red List threat assessments with GeoCAT: Geospatial Conservation Assessment Tool

A wealth of biodiversity data already exists, but compiling and harnessing this data for conservation purposes is often problematic. We are a long way from completing a conservation assessment for all species on the planet, especially in speciose groups such as the plant and insects. Without knowing exactly what is at risk, we are failing to adequately value biodiversity and as a result we are also failing to conserve it. GeoCAT (Geospatial Conservation Assessment Tool http://geocat.kew.org/) is a powerful, analytical tool which is readily available to the scientists and communities to ease and expedite the process of producing Red List assessments, bringing us one step towards addressing this knowledge shortfall.

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