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Protected area connectivity: Shortfalls in global targets and country-level priorities

Connectivity of protected areas (PAs) is crucial for meeting their conservation goals. We provide the first global evaluation of countries' progress towards Aichi Target 11 of the Convention on Biological Diversity that is to have at least 17% of the land covered by well-connected PA systems by 2020. 

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Bigger or better: The relative benefits of protected area network expansion and enforcement for the conservation of an exploited species

The global portfolio of protected areas is growing rapidly, despite widely recognized shortfalls in management effectiveness. Pressure to meet area-coverage and management effectiveness objectives makes it essential to determine how limited conservation funds should be allocated between expanding protected area networks and better enforcing existing reserves. We formally explore this question for the particular case of an exploited species in a partially protected system, using a general model linking protection, enforcement and legal/illegal resource extraction. 

Do protected areas work in the tropics?

To find out if terrestrial protected areas are effective in achieving their environmental and socioeconomic goals, we read 56 scientific studies...Overall, protected areas do appear to reduce forest cover loss. But other ecological outcomes of protected areas, like biodiversity or illegal hunting, remain extremely understudied.

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A political future for protected areas

Protected areas continue to grow in importance as a land-use. The latest assessment lists over 200,000 protected
areas, covering 15.4% of the land and inland waters and 8.4%of seas within national jurisdiction. This brings within reach
the Convention on Biological Diversity’s target of 17% for terrestrial protected areas and 10% for marine protected
areas by 2020. Percentage coverage is easiest to track but improving ecological representation, management effectiveness

Dynamics in the global protected-area estate since 2004

Nations of the world have committed to a number of goals and targets to address the global
environmental challenges humanity faces. Protected areas have for centuries been a key strategy in
conservation and play a major role in addressing current challenges. The most important tool used
to track progress on protected area commitments is the World Database on Protected Areas
(WDPA). Periodic assessments of the world’s protected area estate show steady growth over the last

Digital footprints: Incorporating crowdsourced geographic information for protected area management

This study contributes to the spatial-temporal understanding of human visitation and distribution patterns in protected areas by leveraging digital footprints, manifested as publicly shared geotagged photos, as an efficient spatial data source to (1) model spatial distributions of visitor use to identify patterns of visitation at multiple temporal scales and (2) assess relationships between infrastructure, environmental factors, and visitor distribution patterns.

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