Step 2. Consult Biodiversity Checklist

The biodiversity checklist provides a systematic guide to finding environmental data that describes the current status of species and communities and their historic trends, their physical environment and the natural processes that support life.

Framework for regional biodiversity assessment (PDF 4.3 MB)

Step 3. Develop Regional Scenarios

This step involves bringing together a group that represents the people and interests in a region. Using their local experience and the background material from the previous two steps, it's possible to identify the most important and uncertain drivers inside and outside the region that are likely to influence biodiversity. These drivers can then be used to construct a wide range of plausible scenarios that can be used to test the effectiveness of policies, plans and strategies.

Step 4. Map Processes and Threats

This step involves identifying the natural processes critical to the future of biodiversity in a region, those that support and those that threaten natural values, and representing them under their present and plausible future conditions.

Step 5. Model Species and Communities

Using the information from the previous 4 steps, it is now possible to explore the likely fate of individual species and whole communities under the influence of changes in land use, climate, fire regimes, invasive plants and animals, governance and the other factors most likely to shape biodiversity.

Step 6. Set Priorities

The final step is to present the information from the previous steps in ways that enable decision makers and stakeholders to explore their implications and set priorities for action. This can be done by visually representing natural values such as the distribution of particular species, communities or even whole landscapes under the influence of different drivers of change. In our case, we used a dynamic form of spatial multi-criteria analysis in workshops with managers.  A second aspect of this step involves developing governance options that could protect natural value as well as satisfy other regional goals.