Megafauna Conservation Index

Megafauna Conservation Index

​​The Megafauna Conservation Index (MCI), developed by researcher led by Peter Lindsey of the University of Pretoria in South Africa, wants to assess the spatial, ecological and financial contributions of countries towards conservation of the world’s terrestrial megafauna. The index focused on three main components regarding megafauna ecology and conservation:

the proportion of the country occupied by each megafauna species,

the proportion of the range of these species that’s strictly protected in each country

the amount of money spent on conservation by each country – either domestically or internationally, relative to GDP.

Here the index is reported for the ACP countries.

In the paper megafauna is defined as large mammals as species weighing more than 150 kg for carnivores and 100 kg for omnivores and herbivores.

MCI index was then standardised into a 0–100 scale.

To learn more on the methodology used by research to estimate the MCI, please refer to the paper:

Lindsey, P. A., Chapron, G., Petracca, L. S., Burnham, D., Hayward, M. W., Henschel, P., … & Ripple, W. J. (2017). Relative efforts of countries to conserve world’s megafauna. Global Ecology and Conservation, 10, 243-252. doi:10.1016/j.gecco.2017.03.003


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