Authors’ Reply to Letter to the Editor: Continued improvement to genetic diversity indicator for CBD

Linda Laikre, Paul A. Hohenlohe, Fred W. Allendorf, Laura D. Bertola, Martin F. Breed, Michael W. Bruford, W. Chris Funk, Gonzalo Gajardo, Antonio González-Rodríguez, Catherine E. Grueber, Philip W. Hedrick, Myriam Heuertz, Margaret E. Hunter, Kerstin Johannesson, Libby Liggins, Anna J. MacDonald, Joachim Mergeay, Farideh Moharrek, David O’Brien, Rob OgdenPablo Orozco-terWengel, Clarisse Palma-Silva, Jennifer Pierson, Ivan Paz-Vinas, Isa-Rita M. Russo, Nils Ryman, Gernot Segelbacher, Per Sjögren-Gulve, Lisette P. Waits, Cristiano Vernesi, Sean Hoban

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We appreciate the encouraging response to our call for indicators for genetic diversity within the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity, CBD (Laikre et al. 2020; Hoban et al. 2020). In agreement with us, Frankham (2021) highlights the urgent necessity for the CBD to include an indicator that tracks the maintenance of genetic diversity within populations of all species—wild and domestic. Draft CBD Headline indicators (which all CBD Parties will need to report) do not include genetic diversity within populations of wild species (CBD/SBSTTA/24/3Add.1).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)533-536
Number of pages4
JournalConservation Genetics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021


  • Letter
  • Reply
  • genetic diversity
  • Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
  • genetically effective population size
  • genetic change within a population


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