By Rosa Furneaux
Expanding the planet’s protected natural areas to safeguard vanishing forests and other ecosystems, and the species they protect, is unlikely to be effective on its own as human encroachment into reserves grows, scientists warned Tuesday.
A study by Cambridge University researchers, which looked at thousands of conservation areas in more than 150 countries, found that, on average, the protected designation is not reducing human encroachment in vulnerable areas.
Both chronic underfunding of efforts to protect the land, and a lack of engagement with local communities that live there are hurting conservation efforts, they found.
Creating protected areas is “a type of intervention that we know can work, we know is absolutely essential for conserving biodiversity, at a time in this world’s history where it has never been under higher pressure…Read more>>