Academic Articles Apr. 23

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.


  • Sixty years of tracking conservation progress using the World Database on Protected Areas
    • Source: Nature Ecology & Evolution
    • Author(s): Heather C. Bingham, Diego Juffe Bignoli, Edward Lewis et al.
    • 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 by the United Nations in 1959, and it now informs the key indicators that track progress toward area-based conservation targets.
  • Role of Narratives in Driving Conservation Science
    • “People are natural storytellers. They love to tell stories, and they love to hear them,” writes Robert A. Voeks in his new book The Ethnobotany of Eden. And, as the reader learns, scientists are no different. Scientists also like stories and to contribute to stories because stories are among the best-suited tools to deliver scientific findings to the general public. And the “jungle medicine narrative”—the main topic of the book—is one of the most well‐known stories about tropical rainforests.
  • The fate of Amazonia
    • A fifty-year observational record of Central Amazon forest reveals the multifaceted nature of tree death and concerning signs of vulnerability to increasing heat.

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