Academic Articles December 15

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Include biodiversity representation indicators in area-based conservation targets

  • Source: Nature Ecology & Evolution
  • Author(s): Walter Jetz et al.
  • Advances in spatial biodiversity science and nationally available data have enabled the development of indicators that report on biodiversity outcomes, account for uneven global biodiversity between countries, and provide direct planning support. We urge their inclusion in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework…

An assessment of spatial conservation priorities for biodiversity attributes: Composition, structure, and function of Neotropical biodiversity

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Jaime Burbano-Girón et al.
  • Given the increasing threats to biodiversity and limited resources for conservation, our knowledge about the uncertainty in surrogates for representing comprehensively the spatial conservation priorities for biodiversity, needs to be improved. We present a comprehensive spatial conservation approach for Neotropical biodiversity…

Unraveling the paths of water as aquatic cultural services for the ecotourism in Brazilian Protected Areas

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s): João Carlos Nabout et al.
  • Protected Areas (PAs) are fundamental to preserve biodiversity and ecosystem services. Moreover, PAs also provide different cultural, economic and social services for human populations. The interaction of visitors with natural habitats of PAs through contemplation or ecotourism activities…

Regional variation in anthropogenic threats to Indian Ocean whale sharks

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s): Samantha D. Reynolds et al.
  • Conservation and management of mobile marine species requires an understanding of how movement behaviour and space-use varies among individuals and populations, and how intraspecific differences influence exposure to anthropogenic threats. Because of their long-distance movements…

Soil Conservation Service Underpins Sustainable Development Goals

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s): Caichun Yin et al. 
  • Soil conservation service (SCS), one of the vital ecosystem services, represents the ecosystem’s capacity to conserve soil and control erosion. Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires multidisciplinary efforts in which SCS plays a key role. However, the coupling analysis of SCS and the SDGs is lacking…

Strategic Forest Reserves can protect biodiversity in the western United States and mitigate climate change

  • Source: Communications Earth & Environment
  • Author(s): Beverly E. Law et al.
  • The highest priority forestlands are primarily owned by the federal government, though substantial areas are also owned by private entities and state and tribal governments. Establishing Strategic Forest Reserves would help protect biodiversity and carbon for climate adaptation and mitigation…

A global community‐sourced assessment of the state of conservation technology

  • Source: Conservation Biology
  • Author(s): Talia Speaker et al.
  • Conservation technology holds the potential to vastly increase conservationists’ ability to understand and address critical environmental challenges, but systemic constraints appear to hamper its development and adoption. Understanding of these constraints and opportunities for advancement…

China’s Ecological Conservation Redline policy is a new opportunity to meet post‐2020 protected area targets

  • Source: Conservation Letters
  • Author(s): Chi-Yeung Choi et al.
  • By comparing the Ecological Conservation Redline boundaries with important coastal water bird sites in China, we found that three times more sites could be conserved under the new redline policy compared to the national nature reserve system alone. This indicates that considering the redline policy…

A synthesis and future research directions for tropical mountain ecosystem restoration

  • Source: Scientific Reports
  • Author(s): Tina Christmann and Imma Oliveras Menor
  • Many tropical mountain ecosystems (TME) are severely disturbed, requiring ecological restoration to recover biodiversity and ecosystem functions. However, the extent of restoration efforts across TMEs is not known due to the lack of syntheses on ecological restoration research. We find that restoration…

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