Academic Articles April 6

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Conservation interventions can benefit species impacted by climate change

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): K.M. Bowgen et al.
  • There is an urgent need to quantify the potential for conservation interventions to effectively manage the impacts of climate change on species’ populations and ecological communities. In this first quantitative global assessment of biodiversity conservation interventions…

Nature-based climate solutions for expanding the global protected area network

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Rachakonda Sreekar et al.
  • Protected areas (including other effective area-based conservation measures) are a cornerstone of biodiversity conservation. Many countries are increasingly committed to expanding protected area coverage to 30%, which requires an increase in global annual spending from $24b to ~$140b…

Funding and delivering the routine testing of management interventions to improve conservation effectiveness

  • Source: Journal for Nature Conservation
  • Author(s): Paul Tinsley-Marshall et al.
  • Evidence-based approaches are key for underpinning effective conservation practice, but major gaps in the evidence of the effectiveness of interventions limit their use. Conservation practitioners could make major contributions to filling these gaps but often lack the time, funding, or capacity to do so properly…

A river-based approach in reconstructing connectivity among protected areas: Insights and challenges from the Balkan region

  • Source: Journal for Nature Conservation
  • Author(s): Maria Papazekou et al.
  • Global efforts to halt biodiversity loss mandate the establishment of protected areas. In the face of habitat loss and climate uncertainty, large-scale networks of protected areas connected by corridors are needed to increase the dispersal and persistence potential of biota. The recent European Biodiversity Strategy..

Living high and at risk: predicting Andean bear occurrence and conflicts with humans in southeastern Peru

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s): Roxana Rojas-VeraPinto et al.
  • Human encroachment into wildlife habitat threatens the persistence of large carnivore populations because it shrinks their distribution and promotes conflicts related to agricultural and livestock damage. Andean bears have experienced one of the greatest range contractions among large carnivores…

Predicting habitat suitability and connectivity for management and conservation of urban wildlife: A real‐time web application for grassland water voles 

  • Source: Journal of Applied Ecology
  • Author(s): Luca Nelli et al.
  • Natural habitats in urban areas provide benefits for both humans and biodiversity. However, to achieve biodiversity gains, we require new techniques to determine habitat suitability and ecological connectivity that will inform urban planning and development. Using an example of…

Restoration promotes recovery of woodland birds in agricultural environments: A comparison of ‘revegetation’ and ‘remnant’ landscapes 

  • Source: Journal of Applied Ecology
  • Author(s): Andrew F. Bennett et al.
  • Restoration plantings stimulate recolonisation of otherwise-depleted landscapes, effectively reversing a decline in woodland birds. Key insights include: (a) benchmarking ‘revegetation’ against ‘remnant’ landscapes provides a valuable means to quantify restoration outcomes at the landscape scale…

Globalisation and pollinators: Pollinator declines are an economic threat to global food systems

  • Source: People and Nature
  • Author(s): James T. Murphy et al.
  • Trade in animal-pollinated crops plays an important role in global food systems: in many low-income countries, export of pollinated crops such as coffee and cocoa plays a significant role in livelihoods, while food systems in many higher income nations depend on international trade in these crops…

High‐resolution satellite imagery meets the challenge of monitoring remote marine protected areas in the Antarctic and beyond

  • Source: Conservation Letters
  • Author(s): Michelle LaRue et al.
  • Remote, high-latitude oceans can prove challenging for the designation and implementation of marine protected areas (MPAs), partly due to issues in monitoring inaccessible localities and large spatial scales. A lack of protection combined with damage from growing human activities has contributed…

Habitat‐based biodiversity assessment for ecosystem accounting in the Murray‐Darling Basin

  • Source: Conservation Biology
  • Author(s): Karel Mokany et al.
  • Understanding how biodiversity is changing over space and time is crucial for well-informed decisions that help to retain the Earth’s biological heritage over the long term. Tracking changes in biodiversity through ecosystem accounting provides this important information in a systematic way…

Vulnerability to climate change of species in protected areas in Thailand

  • Source: Scientific Reports
  • Author(s): Nirunrut Pomoim et al.
  • Although 23% of Thailand’s land is in protected areas, these are vulnerable to climate change. We used spatial distribution modelling for 866 vertebrate and 591 plant species to understand potential climate change impacts on species in protected areas. Most mammals, birds, and plants were projected… 

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