In this knowledge cafe we discuss the role of the Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) Network in conserving tropical forests. With a global network of representative sites, TEAM partners have developed a standardized and cost-effective set of protocols to assess species trends and extinction risk, changes in land use, trends in extent and quality of natural habitats, and impacts of climate change and other human drivers on forest-dependent species and ecosystems. This policy-relevant data continually gathered by TEAM are directly applicable to many of the 2013–2016 mandates of IUCN, its commissions and members. The data can contribute to existing IUCN knowledge products as well as new assessments and indicators developed in collaboration with the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
Ensuring Protected Areas Meet their Potential: TEAM data are ideal for helping achieve the World Commission on Protected Areas’ (WCPA) objectives of more effectively managing protected area systems, meeting the Aichi Targets and mainstreaming protected areas as natural solutions to global challenges, such as climate change and land degradation.
Monitoring and Understanding Species Trends: TEAM has already amassed time series data on terrestrial vertebrate distribution and occurrence that can make a significant contribution to IUCN Red List assessments. TEAM species data are also designed to provide vital inputs to the Species Survival Commission’s 2013-2016 objectives on (1) assessing and monitoring the status and trends of biodiversity at the species level, and (2) analysing the threats to biodiversity and disseminating information on appropriate conservation actions.
Creating Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change: TEAM methods are designed to detect the individual and combined effects of projected climate change and land-use changes. Identifying these effects provides essential data for the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems (RLE) and for assessing both ecosystem resilience and the value of ecosystem-based adaption and mitigation.
Expanding TEAM Coverage for Practitioners and Policy-Makers: TEAM data and monitoring methods are publicly available online at http://www.teamnetwork.org. Data and products are available on the web within days or months of collection, providing a level of transparency and speed that is unsurpassed among conservation data providers. TEAM partners strive to continually improve the representation and completeness of this information. We seek to work with government agencies and other partners interested in incorporating TEAM protocols into their local, national, or regional monitoring systems.