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Designing protected area networks that translate international conservation commitments into national action

Bicknell, Jake E., Collins, Murray B., Pickles, Rob S.A., McCann, Niall P., Bernard, Curtis R., Fernandes, Damian J., Miller, Mark G.R., James, Samantha M., Williams, Aiesha U., Struebig, Matthew J., and others. (2017) Designing protected area networks that translate international conservation commitments into national action. Biological Conservation, 214 . pp. 168-175. ISSN 0006-3207. (doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2017.08.024)

Abstract

Most countries have committed to protect 17% of their terrestrial area by 2020 through Aichi Target 11 of the Convention on Biological Diversity, with a focus on protecting areas of particular importance for biodiversity. This means national-scale spatial conservation prioritisations are needed to help meet this target and guide broader conservation and land-use policy development. However, to ensure these assessments are adopted by policy makers, they must also consider national priorities. This situation is exemplified by Guyana, a corner of Amazonia that couples high biodiversity with low economic development. In recent years activities that threaten biodiversity conservation have increased, and consequently, protected areas are evermore critical to achieving the Aichi targets. Here we undertake a cost-effective approach to protected area planning in Guyana that accounts for in-country conditions. To do this we conducted a stakeholder-led spatial conservation prioritisation based on meeting targets for 17 vegetation types and 329 vertebrate species, while minimising opportunity costs for forestry, mining, agriculture and urbanisation. Our analysis identifies 3 million

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.biocon.2017.08.024
Uncontrolled keywords: Convention on biological diversity;l ocal communities; Marxan; EDD+ Systematic conservation planning; tropical forest conservation
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Jake Bicknell
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2017 15:08 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2019 10:42 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/62942 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Bicknell, Jake E.: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6831-627X
Struebig, Matthew J.: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2058-8502
Smith, Robert J.: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1599-9171
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