Protected areas are helping save our favourite animals – but let’s not forget the others

Republished from the Conversation for posterity, you can find the original HERE Protected areas, like national parks and wildlife refuges, are the cornerstones of global conservation efforts. So making sure they achieve their mission is fundamental to our goal of halting biodiversity declines. Unfortunately, how well protected areas maintain their biodiversity remains poorly understood. While…

New Paper: Wildlife trends in protected areas predicted by national socio-economic metrics & body size

Our paper, out today in the journal Nature Communications investigated what delivers success for wildlife in protected areas.National Parks are the cornerstone of most country’s conservation efforts, so it’s essential they work to conserve nature. To make sure that parks achieve their conservation mission, we investigated what made them tick, what conditions resulted in improved…

Protect biodiversity, not just area: SMARTER protected area commitments needed to halt biodiversity decline

Global biodiversity conservation goals shape the behaviour of individuals, governments and NGOs.The Aichi Targets are a set of goals, under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which is dedicated to halting biodiversity decline worldwide. These targets shape global conservation policy and practice. The Convention on Biological Diversity’s Aichi Target 11 mandates that 17% of terrestrial…

A bird is the hand is worth how many in the bush?

Protected areas underpin many global conservation efforts, but do they work? Despite significant investment in protected area networks, it is often unclear whether national parks and other protected areas are effective in maintaining their biodiversity values. Long-term monitoring data are critical for determining whether protected areas are able to achieve their objectives. The problem is…

Putting parks where they’re needed and avoiding paper parks

The question of where to best place new protected areas remains hotly debated by both scientists and managers. In a recent letter, my colleagues and I argue that parks should be placed in areas where they have the most potential to reduce biodiversity loss, which is discussed more HERE Craigie, I. D., R. L. Pressey and…