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Stopping deforestation: lessons from Colombia
A study of deforestation in Colombia by researchers from The University of Queensland has revealed some valuable insights which could be used to help slow deforestation in areas around the globe. (2020-05-01)
Children benefit from living near conservation zones
Children who live near protected areas designated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) live in wealthier and healthier households than those who live far away from the conservation zones, say Robin Naidoo and colleagues. (2019-04-03)
One-third of world's 'protected' areas under intense human pressure
Globally, one-third of protected land is under intense human pressure from processes including road building, grazing, and urbanization, according to a new study. (2018-05-17)
Study predicts decreasing brown bear habitat due to climate change
A recent analysis of data related to the brown bear (Ursus arctos) estimates that suitable habitat will be reduced by 11 percent across Central Asia and the Asian Highlands by 2050 due to climate change, predominantly due to the changes in temperature and precipitation. (2018-11-21)
Humans are creating quite a racket, even in the wilderness
Human-related noise is doubling background sound levels in 63 percent of US protected areas, where manmade disturbances are supposed to be reduced, a new study reveals. (2017-05-04)
Conserving nature and dollars: Delivering cost-effective biodiversity protection
A more flexible approach to the expansion of protected area systems could ultimately protect much more biodiversity for the same budget according to a new paper in the scientific journal, Nature. (2010-06-30)
Marine protected areas not sufficient to protect global biodiversity
Research undertaken at The University of Auckland, and published in the prestigious USA journal Science, shows that the protection of marine habitats is ineffectively managed worldwide to retain biodiversity, and that many so-called (2006-06-22)
Protected areas proven to protect biodiversity
Protected areas conserve biodiversity and more action is needed to ensure safeguards are in place to protect these areas, researchers say. (2014-08-27)
Climate change causing more severe wildfires, larger insect outbreaks in temperate forests
A warmer, drier climate is expected is increase the likelihood of larger-scale forest disturbances such as wildfires, insect outbreaks, disease and drought, according to a new study co-authored by a Portland State University professor (2018-11-07)
Time for a new global protected area target
The world needs a new international protected area target based on scientific evidence, according to a team including University of Queensland scientists. (2019-04-11)
China's pristine parks get more merit
A first of its kind study has measured how parks in China have been affected by human impact, and found the most pristine areas are in Tibet and neighboring provinces. (2016-12-01)
Not all marine protected areas are created equal
Europe's impressive network of marine protected areas (MPAs), which now cover 29 percent of territorial waters, is not as effective as has been thought at preserving the marine biodiversity it was created to protect. (2018-12-20)
Hunting by humans significantly reduces bird and mammal populations
In tropical forests, bird and mammal populations are significantly lower -- 53 percent and 82 percent respectively -- in areas where hunting occurs, a new study finds. (2017-04-13)
NOAA announces additions to National System of Marine Protected Areas
NOAA announced the inclusion of 82 existing marine protected areas into the National System of Marine Protected Areas. (2013-08-14)
Study finds disparity in land protection
A study of the earth's 13 biomes compares the location of parks and other protected lands to the extent of habitat loss and finds that some of the most altered biomes are also the least protected. (2005-01-13)
A changing climate for protected areas
On April 6, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will release a report on how climate change will accelerate extinctions of species. (2007-04-02)
World's protected areas being rapidly destroyed by humanity
One-third of the world's protected land is under intense human pressure, according to an international study described as 'a stunning reality check' on efforts to avert a biodiversity crisis. (2018-05-17)
Ecotourism reduces poverty near protected parks, Georgia State University research shows
Protected natural areas in Costa Rica reduced poverty by 16 percent in neighboring communities, mainly by encouraging ecotourism, according to new research published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2014-02-24)
Protected area designation effective in reducing, but not preventing, land cover changes
The designation of protected areas in Europe has been effective in reducing, but not completely preventing, land cover changes associated with human activity, according to a study published July 17, 2019 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Niels Hellwig of Potsdam University and Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences in Germany, and colleagues. (2019-07-17)
Measuring the success of East African protected areas
East Africa (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda) contains 1,776 protected areas (including 186 'strict' protected areas) covering more than 27 percent of its terrestrial area. (2019-03-13)
CBD targets protect biodiversity only if new protected areas are more than 'paper parks'
Researchers from the University of Helsinki stress the importance of international collaborations to achieve global conservation goals. (2015-05-26)
Few migratory birds are adequately protected across migration cycle
Results from a new study reveal that just 9 percent of migratory birds receive adequate protection across their entire ranges. (2015-12-03)
Ramped up efforts needed to protect the world's inland waters
Surface water protection is well below global targets in over half of the world's countries, according to a new study from the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's science and knowledge service. (2019-02-05)
Living near protected areas can have positive impacts on human well-being
Living near a protected area can improve aspects of human well-being across the developing world, new research published today in Science Advances suggests. (2019-04-03)
Only 4 percent of the ocean is protected: UBC research
Despite global efforts to increase the area of the ocean that is protected, only four per cent of it lies within marine protected areas (MPAs), according to a University of British Columbia study. (2015-10-26)
More safe havens for native plants and animals needed in New South Wales' west
Location matters for species struggling to survive under a changing climate. (2019-05-29)
Protected wildlife areas are 'welcome mats' for UK's bird newcomers
A new study by scientists at the University of York and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds shows that bird species which have colonized the UK in recent decades breed initially almost exclusively in nature reserves and other areas specially protected for wildlife. (2013-04-10)
How protected areas are losing ground in the United States and Amazonia
Once champions of global conservation, the United States and Brazil are now leading a troubling global trend of large-scale rollbacks in environmental policy, putting hundreds of protected areas at risk, a new study suggests. (2019-05-30)
Housing growth near national parks may limit conservation value
The growth of housing near national parks, national forests and wilderness areas within the United States may limit the conservation value that these protected areas were designed to create in the first place, a new study has found. (2009-12-21)
Tropical forest reserves slow down global warming
National parks and nature reserves in South America, Africa and Asia, created to protect wildlife, heritage sites and the territory of indigenous people, are reducing carbon emissions from tropical deforestation by a third, and so are slowing the rate of global warming, a new study shows. (2017-10-27)
Fish species benefit from marine protection to varying extents
Marine protected areas reduce fish mortality by limiting harvesting and reducing habitat destruction. (2020-01-08)
Scientists say world's protected areas need a re-boot
An international study published today in the journal Science argues that the current international target for the protected area estate, accepted by over 190 nations, is failing. (2019-04-11)
Climate change in Quebec equals a much greater diversity of species???
A team of researchers believe that, paradoxically, climate change may result in Quebec's national and provincial parks becoming biodiversity refuges of continental importance as the variety of species present there increases. (2018-05-16)
Extent of human encroachment into world's protected areas revealed
Largest study yet to compare protected with 'matched' unprotected land finds 'significantly higher' increases in human pressure -- primarily through agriculture -- in protected areas across the tropics. (2019-10-28)
Biodiversity-protected areas in Indonesia ineffective in preventing deforestation: NUS-led study
A study led by researchers from the National University of Singapore has found that the monitoring and prevention of road construction within protected areas and stepping up control measures in illegal logging hotspots would be more effective for conservation than reliance on protected areas alone. (2015-03-16)
Madidi conservationist wins award at World Conservation Congress
Oscar Loayza of WCS's Madidi Program in Bolivia has received the Kenton Miller Award for Innovation in Protected Areas Management at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Republic of Korea (Sept. (2012-09-13)
Cities support a greater number of threatened species than non-urban areas
The Earth is facing a catastrophic species extinction crisis. The dominant approach to conservation has been to focus on protecting pristine environments, but new research from Australia demonstrates that on average, urban environments contain disproportionately more threatened protected species in a given area than non-urban environments. (2015-12-07)
Protected waters foster resurgence of West Coast rockfish
West Coast rockfish species in deep collapse only 20 years ago have multiplied rapidly in large marine protected areas off Southern California, likely seeding surrounding waters with enough offspring to offer promise of renewed fishing, a new study has found. (2017-09-20)
Congo plans to safeguard biodiversity with new protected areas
The Republic of Congo announced today plans to expand its protected area network for the purpose of further conserving the region's immense biodiversity, one of the key goals of the 7th Conference of the Parties for the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP-7). (2004-02-19)
Grading conservation: Which reserves defend forests?
Lands that shelter forests have value often readily tallied by developers, but until now it's been more difficult to prove the success of protecting those forested lands in pursuit of sustainability. (2019-05-08)
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