Academic Articles September 1

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Area-based conservation planning in Japan: the importance of other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs) in the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation 
  • Author(s): Takayuki Shiono et al.
  • To reframe the imperfect review processes of nation-scale actions on area-based conservation through protected area (PA) networks, we first created novel infrastructure to visualize nation-level biodiversity information in Japan. We then assessed the performance of the existing PA network…

Assessing Natura 2000 coverage of river fish species in Greece: What do field surveys show?

  • Source: Journal for Nature Conservation 
  • Author(s): Theocharis Vavalidis et al.
  • Europe’s Natura 2000 network, based on the EU Birds and Habitat Directives, has rapidly expanded protected areas targeting species and habitat types. In Greece, 52.4% of native freshwater fish are considered as species of EU community interest within the Habitats Directive (HD)…

Involving fishers in scaling up the restoration of cold-water coral gardens on the Mediterranean continental shelf

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Maria Montseny et al.
  • Cold-water gorgonians dwelling on the continental shelf are a common by-catch of bottom-contact fishing practices. Given the slow growth and limited recruitment of cold-water gorgonians, the impact of fishing activities may seriously compromise the conservation of the highly complex coral…

Naturally-detached fragments of the endangered seagrass collected by citizen scientists can be used to successfully restore fragmented meadows

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Giulia Ferretto et al.
  • The installation of new environmentally friendly moorings (EFMs) can reduce damage to seagrasses, but natural re-establishment by P. australis to scars can be very slow. Given the endangered status of this species in New South Wales, Australia, we developed an innovative restoration procedure…

Exploring local challenges and adaptation strategies in the establishment of National Parks in giant panda habitats

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s): Jinyu Shen et al.
  • By integrating giant panda natural reserves and extending conservation to previously unprotected areas, the establishment of the Giant Panda National Park (GPNP) in China has inevitably impacted the livelihoods of residents who now reside in areas surrounding the natural reserves…

Barriers to restoration: pollution alters nurse effects for an ecosystem engineer

  • Source: Journal of Applied Ecology
  • Author(s): Hayley Cameron et al.
  • Nurse plants modify the environment beneath their canopies to create favourable habitats for propagule recruitment. Nurse plants are potentially valuable tools for ecological restoration – yet empirical tests, particularly in polluted environments, remain rare. The few studies that…

Using the IUCN Red List to map threats to terrestrial vertebrates at global scale

  • Source: Journal of Applied Ecology
  • Author(s): Michael B. J. Harfoot et al.
  • The Anthropocene is characterized by unparalleled human impact on other species, potentially ushering in the sixth mass extinction. Yet mitigation efforts remain hampered by limited information on the spatial patterns and intensity of the threats driving global biodiversity loss…

Policy, drought and fires combine to affect biodiversity in the Amazon basin

  • Source: Nature
  • Author(s): Thomas W. Gillespie
  • Analysis of the ranges of nearly 15,000 plant and vertebrate species in the Amazon basin reveals that, from 2001 to 2019, a majority were affected by fire. Drought and forest policy were the best predictors of fire outcomes…

Regional scalable priorities for national biodiversity and carbon conservation planning in Asia

  • Source: Science Advances
  • Author(s): Lu Zhu et al.
  • To achieve the goals of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, we must identify representative targets that effectively protect biodiversity and can be implemented at a national level. We developed a framework to identify synergies between biodiversity and carbon across the Asian region…

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