Academic Articles Apr. 17

The latest academic papers on conservation. If you have a paper that you would like to share, please get in contact with us. Click on the title to follow the link to each article. Please note that some of these articles are behind a paywall.


  • The global conservation movement is diverse but not divided
    • Source: Nature Sustainability
    • Authors: Chris Sandbrook, Janet A. Fisher, George Holmes, Rogelio Luque-Lora & Aidan Keane 
    • Abstract: Biodiversity is being lost at an unprecedented rate, making the conservation movement of critical importance for life on Earth. However, recent debates over the future of conservation have been polarized…
  • Rethinking conservation efforts for improved biodiversity
    • A new study looked into why the global commitment towards the expansion of protected areas has not delivered the expected conservation benefits. Researchers propose a new target and a set of indicators that can galvanize global conservation efforts and lead to positive biodiversity outcomes.
  • Optimizing the conservation of migratory species over their full annual cycle
    • Source: Nature Communications
    • Authors: Richard Schuster, Scott Wilson, Amanda D. Rodewald, Peter Arcese, Daniel Fink, Tom Auer & Joseph. R. Bennett
    • Abstract: Limited knowledge of the distribution, abundance, and habitat associations of migratory species hinders effective conservation actions. We use Neotropical migratory birds as a model group to compare approaches to prioritize land conservation needed to support ≥30% of the global abundances of 117 species.
  • Sixty years of tracking conservation progress using the World Database on Protected Areas
    • Source: Nature Ecology and Evolution
    • Authors: Heather C. Bingham, Diego Juffe Bignoli, Edward Lewis, Brian MacSharry, Neil D. Burgess, Piero Visconti, Marine Deguignet, Murielle Misrachi, Matt Walpole, Jessica L. Stewart, Thomas M. Brooks & Naomi Kingston
    • Abstract: The world’s protected area network is constantly changing, and the dynamics of this network are tracked using the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA). This database evolved from a list of protected areas first mandated…
  • Weighing the benefits of expanding protected areas versus managing existing ones
    • Source: Nature Sustainability
    • Authors: Vanessa M. Adams, Gwenllian D. Iacona & Hugh P. Possingham
    • Abstract: Protected areas are a fundamental mechanism for conserving global biodiversity. Given limited conservation funds and shortfalls in funding for existing protected area management needs, a critical question is: should countries and states spend new funds on purchasing more land or managing existing protected areas to an acceptable standard?

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