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A new paper from the team!

A paper published in the latest edition of Parks featured authors from the Protected Area Solutions team working alongside our colleagues at WCMC and WWF, Congratulations especially to K and Lauren for pulling it together in a tight deadline http://parksjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/PARKS-20.2-Knights-et-al-10.2305IUCN.CH_.2014.PARKS-20-2.KK_.en_.pdf    

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Can we save the planet? Article in Science this week

A mid-term analysis of progress toward international biodiversity targets. Tittensor, D.P., Walpole, M., Hill, S.L.L., Boyce, D.G., Britten, G.L et al (51 authors with Fiona Leverington a very minor contributor!) In 2010 the international community, under the auspices of the Convention on Biological Diversity, agreed on 20 biodiversity-related “Aichi Targets” to be achieved within a decade. We provide a comprehensive mid-term assessment of progress toward these global targets using 55 indicator data sets. We projected indicator trends to 2020 using…

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Protected areas proven to protect biodiversity

PLOS ONE: Local Scale Comparisons of Biodiversity as a Test for Global Protected Area Ecological Performance: A Meta-Analysis. Coetzee, BW, Gaston, KJ, Chown, SL. Published: August 27, 2014. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0105824   Terrestrial protected areas (PAs) are cornerstones of global biodiversity conservation. Their efficacy in terms of maintaining biodiversity is, however, much debated. Studies to date have been unable to provide a general answer as to PA conservation efficacy because of their typically restricted geographic and/or taxonomic focus, or qualitative approaches…

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IUCN – Study demands new strategy to save species

02 July 2014 | Article A team of scientists working in partnership with IUCN has revealed that intergovernmental commitments to expand global protected areas could still leave many species in danger of disappearing from our planet. A strategy to expand protected areas from 13% to 17% of the earth’s land surface by 2020 was put in place as part of the 20 Aichi Targets in the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) strategic plan in Nagoya, Japan in 2010. However, the…

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