Academic Articles April 13

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Privately protected areas increase global protected area coverage and connectivity

  • Source: Nature Ecology & Evolution
  • Author(s): Rachel Palfrey et al.
  • Privately protected areas (PPAs) are increasing in number and extent. Yet, we know little about their contribution to conservation and how this compares to other forms of protected area (PA). We address this gap by assessing the contribution of 17,561 PPAs to the coverage, complementarity…

Deforestation-induced climate change reduces carbon storage in remaining tropical forests

  • Source: Nature Communications
  • Author(s): Yue Li et al.
  • These findings indicate that tropical forests may be undervalued in carbon accounting systems that neglect climate feedbacks from surface biophysical changes and that the positive carbon–climate feedback from deforestation-driven climate change is higher than the feedback originating from fossil…

Primary forest loss and degradation reduces biodiversity and ecosystem functioning: A global meta‐analysis using dung beetles as an indicator taxon

  • Source: Journal of Applied Ecology
  • Author(s): Pablo A. López-Bedoya et al.
  • Our results show that efforts for the conservation of remaining undisturbed primary forests need to be prioritized, especially in tropical latitudes. However, in regions where primary forest conservation is not feasible, logging management programs in degraded primary forest may have a potential role…

Potential conservation gains from improved protected area management in the Brazilian Amazon

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Thales A.P. West et al.
  • Protected areas (PAs) are important policy instruments for forest conservation, but it is unclear if improved management can increase PA effectiveness. In Brazil, formal management plans are required to be in place shortly after the creation of a PA…

Developing a national level evidence-based toolbox for addressing freshwater biodiversity threats

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Jessica L. Reid et al.
  • Current management of freshwater ecosystems fails to address the global freshwater biodiversity crisis. Evidence syntheses and reviews are a valuable resource to decision-makers and practitioners for informing conservation actions The toolbox consists of over 250 freshwater management evidence…

Habitat suitability, core habitats and diversity hotspots for the conservation of the mustelid species in Iran

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s): Kamran Almasieh and Mitra Cheraghi
  • The process of habitat loss and fragmentation is inevitable with increasing human activities, necessitating conservation for the areas with the highest priorities (i.e., biodiversity hotspots). This study aimed to predict the core habitats of the eight mustelid species in Iran…

Prioritization of natural habitats: a methodological framework applied to the French Mediterranean

  • Source: Journal for Nature Conservation
  • Author(s): Turpin Louise et al.
  • Long-term preservation of habitats has become a cornerstone of modern conservation policies. As resources allocated to conservation actions are often limited, developing relevant prioritizing methods is necessary. Although many studies have been published on species prioritization, habitats…

Historical landscape matters for threatened species in French mountain forests

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Mollier Sylvain et al.
  • Ancient forests are known to host a biodiversity of high ecological distinctiveness and are likely to provide habitat for red-listed species. Yet, few studies have investigated the role of forest continuity for the conservation of threatened species. We used species-presence data on red-listed species…

Impacts of habitat loss on migratory shorebird populations and communities at stopover sites in the Yellow Sea

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Xiaodan Wang
  • Migratory birds generally use one or more stopover sites for rest and/or refuelling during long-distance migration where a large abundance of diverse species can concentrate into temporary assemblages. Habitat loss at stopover sites has resulted in population declines for many species…

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