Wildlife Picture Index

WPI

Geographical coverage

Geographical scale of the assessment Global,Regional,National
Country or countries covered Brazil, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Laos, Madagascar, Peru, Tanzania, Uganda, Indonesia, Malaysia, Panama, Suriname, Congo - Brazzaville
Any other necessary information or explanation for identifying the location of the assessment, including site or region name

www.teamnetwork.org/network/sites

Cocha Cashu, Manu, Peru Manaus, Brazil Caxiuana, Brazil Udzungwa, Tanzania Volcan Barva, Costa Rica Ranomafana, Madagascar CSNR, Suriname Yanachaga- Chemillén, Peru BCI, Panama Korup, Cameroon Mudumalai, India Pasoh, Malaysia Yasuni, Ecuador Bukit Barasan, Indonesia Bwindi, Uganda Nam Kading, Laos Nouabale Ndoki, Congo Brazzaville

Conceptual framework, methodology and scope

Assessment objectives

To detect annual changes in community structure and diversity of large terrestrial mammals and birds in the tropics.

Mandate for the assessment

Delivering data and indicators for national, regional and global assessments of progress toward the Convention on Biological Diversity Aichi Target # 12.

Conceptual framework and/or methodology used for the assessment

Global Environment Outlook (GEO)

URL or copy of conceptual framework developed or adapted

http://www.teamnetwork.org/files/protocols/terrestrial-vertebrate/WCS_WPno39_WildlifePictureIndex.pdf

O’Brien TG, Baillie JEM, Krueger L, Cuke M (2010) The Wildlife Picture Index: monitoring top trophic levels. Anim Conserv 13: 335-343.
Animal_Conservation_2010_O'brien-1.pdf

System(s) assessed

  • Forest and woodland

Species groups assessed

ground-dwelling terrestrial mammals and birds

Ecosystem services/functions assessed

Provisioning

  • Food

Regulating

Supporting Services/Functions

Cultural Services

Scope of assessment includes

Drivers of change in systems and services

Yes

Impacts of change in services on human well-being

No

Options for responding/interventions to the trends observed

No

Explicit consideration of the role of biodiversity in the systems and services covered by the assessment

No

Timing of the assessment

Year assessment started

2007

Year assessment finished

Ongoing

If ongoing, year assessment is anticipated to finish

2020

Periodicity of assessment

Repeated

If repeated, how frequently

Annual

Assessment outputs

Report(s)

Communication materials (e.g. brochure, presentations, posters, audio-visual media)

Journal publications

Ahumada JA, Silva CEF, Gajapersad K, Hallam C, Hurtado J et al. (2011) Community structure and diversity of tropical forest mammals: data from a global camera trap network. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 366: 2703-2711.
Philosophical_Transactions_of_the_Royal_Society_B_Biological_Sciences_2011_Ahumada.pdf

O’Brien TG, Baillie JEM, Krueger L, Cuke M (2010) The Wildlife Picture Index: monitoring top trophic levels. Anim Conserv 13: 335-343.
Animal_Conservation_2010_O'brien-1.pdf

Training materials

Camera Trap Protocol
TEAMTerrestrialVertebrate-PT-EN-3.1.pdf

WPI Manual
WCS_WPno39_WildlifePictureIndex.pdf

Other documents/outputs

Tools and processes

Tools and approaches used in the assessment

  • Modelling
  • Indicators

Process used for stakeholder engagement in the assessment process and which component

Training of local partners to implement protocols. Analytical workshops on camera trap data analyses

Key stakeholder groups engaged

Local scientists and site managers Park staff University students

The number of people directly involved in the assessment process

10-100

Incorporation of scientific and other types of knowledge

  • Scientific information only
  • Resource experts (e.g. foresters etc)
  • Citizen science

Supporting documentation for specific approaches, methodology or criteria developed and/or used to integrate knowledge systems into the assessment

Crowd sourcing of species identification with scientific quality control

Assessment reports peer reviewed

Yes

Data

Accessibility of data used in assessment

http://www.teamnetwork.org/data/use

Policy impact

Impacts the assessment has had on policy and/or decision making, as evidenced through policy references and actions

Current policy impact has been largely at the site-level, where real-time data showing changes in species abundance over time allows for protected area managers to focus enforcement and management more effectively. As more sites and countries adopt WPI methodology, policy maker will be able to assess impacts of policies and direct interventions on species trends using WPI.

Independent or other review on policy impact of the assessment

No

Lessons learnt for future assessments from these reviews

policy impact has not been reviewed.

Capacity building

Capacity building needs identified during the assessment

Training national authorities to conduct national-scale WPI evaluations to contribute to their CBD reporting requirements and assessing national biodiversity trends.

Actions taken by the assessment to build capacity

Network and sharing experiences, Access to funding, Sharing of data/repatriation of data, Workshops, Developing/promoting and providing access to support tools, Formal training

How have gaps in capacity been communicated to the different stakeholders

Plans are underway to using National Biodiversity Strategy and Implementation Plan review process to provide national-level training.

Knowledge generation

Gaps in knowledge identified from the assessment

This is a unique data set that provides annual information on trends of whole communities. These data have never been systematically collected and analyzed before.

How gaps in knowledge have been communicated to the different stakeholders

Stakeholders are aware of gaps in detailed changes in status and trends of tropical mammals and birds and are eager to use and integrate into their national assessment processes. On the global scale, IUCN has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with TEAM to use the Wildlife Picture Index to enhance their existing assessments through the Species Survival Commission.

Additional relevant information

http://teamnetwork.org