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Effectiveness of terrestrial protected areas in reducing biodiversity and habitat loss

What is the aim of the review?

Protected area coverage is one of the only global conservation targets achieved under the CBD. Unfortunately, despite the increase in coverage, there is considerable debate over the extent to which protected areas deliver conservation outcomes in terms of species and habitat protection . It has been suggested that many of the worlds protected areas exists only as ‘paper parks’, having no effective management on the ground, and are thus unlikely to deliver benefits for conservation. Whether protected areas are delivering conservation benefits for species and habitats is an essential research question, for policy makers, planners, managers and conservation advocates . Politically, international conservation strategies implemented by both governments and NGOs rely primarily on protected areas to safeguard biological diversity as was confirmed by the new 2020 increased protected area estate targets of the CBD CoP10 in Nagoya, Japan.

Who's in the review team?

  • Jonas Geldmann, PhD student, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen
  • Megan Barnes, PhD student, School of Integrative Systems, the University of Queensland
  • Professor Neil Burgess, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen
  • Ian Craigie, PhD student, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Lauren Coad, Oxford University
  • Ass. Professor Marc Hockings, School of Integrative Systems, the University of Queensland

At what stage is the review?
The review is now completed.

If you would like to comment on any aspect of this review, please email us. Your feedback is appreciated.

Document Links

- Protocol pdf

- Completed Review pdf

- Appendix A pdf

- Appendix B pdf

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