Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 7, 2022

Protecting land isn’t always enough to aid species

Anthropocene Magazine reports

In a wide-ranging study, scientists tracked how 27,000 waterbird populations fared in 1,500 protected areas—compared to similar unprotected areas . Their results are instructive.

As world leaders prepare for an October summit in Kunming, China aimed at bolstering biodiversity, scientists have a warning: Just because land is protected doesn’t mean it will save species.

Conservationists have pressed governments to adopt a goal of “30 by 30” – protecting 30% of the planet’s land and ocean habitats by 2030. While such targets can shield habitat from destruction, new research suggests that’s not always enough to help the animals living there. It can also require actively managing these refuges to benefit certain creatures.

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