A draft of Blueprint 2.2 is now available on the Conservation Planning Atlas. Visit the Blueprint 2.2 Data Gallery to explore all the indicators used to create this version of the Blueprint. Here are a few of the improvements in this latest version:

  • Large improvements in the marine priorities – One of the known issues from the last version of the Blueprint was that it under-prioritized an area off the coast of Georgia and Florida. This area is important for right whales and sea turtles. Thanks to the new marine birds indicator, draft Blueprint 2.2 now captures those areas well. Marine birds also provided some additional detail for the still-coarse priorities in the marine ecosystem.
  • Updated data for resilient biodiversity hotspots – This indicator comes from The Nature Conservancy’s Resilient Lands analysis, which was recently improved. This version of the Blueprint uses that improved data.
  • Other small improvements including – Other improvements include updates to the unaltered beach indicator, an improved approach for ecosystem extent indicators, and updated corridor routes.

If you’d like to provide feedback, please register for a 2017 Blueprint workshop! You can learn more about the upcoming workshops on the 2017 Blueprint workshop webpage. Or, you can fill out this online comment form.

Here’s a quick animated gif showing the changes between Blueprint 2.1 and this draft of Blueprint 2.2:

Blueprint 2.1 to 2.2 image