Bigger is not necessarily better?

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Using range maps to plan protected areas

Trade-offs in the use of species distribution maps for protected area planning Key messages: Planning for new protected areas using range maps can lead to overestimating the level of protection, due to commission errors The adoption of a coarse analytical resolution can slightly mitigate this effect but leads to inefficient planning Intermediate resolutions are the […]

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Socio-economic conditions critical to PAs

An international study published in Nature Communications involving CEED researchers from the University of Queensland has found that protected areas (PAs) have been largely successful at safeguarding wildlife within their boundaries, particularly in wealthier, more developed countries. Lead author Megan Barnes said the socio-economic conditions of the country in which a park was located was […]

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Australian cities critical for threatened wildlife

Australian cities can help conserve the country’s endangered animals and plants say CEED scientists. New research reveals that Australian cities still retain a remarkable number of threatened species. All Australian cities and towns contain species that are officially listed as threatened. Sydney has the most, at 126 species, Kalgoorlie-Boulder in Western Australia has the most […]

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Migratory birds lack protection

CEED scientists have called for a greater international collaborative effort to save the world’s migratory birds, many of which are at risk of extinction due to loss of habitat along their flight paths. More than 90% of the world’s migratory birds are inadequately protected due to poorly coordinated conservation around the world. The research found […]

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Bolder science needed now for protected areas

Recognising that protected areas are essential for effective biodiversity conservation action, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) established ambitious protected-area targets as part of the 2020 Strategic Plan for Biodiversity. Target 11 of the strategic plan aims to put 17% of terrestrial and 10% of marine regions under protected-area status by 2020. These protected areas […]

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