A balance between protected lands and population growth

Shoo, L.P. (2008) A balance between protected lands and population growth. Science, 321 (1). pp. 1-2.

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[Extract] G. Wittenmyer et al. (Reports, "Accelerated human population growth at protected area edges," 4 July 2008, p.123) provide strong evidence that human population growth on the borders of protected areas is greater (nearly double) than average rural growth in African and Latin American countries. What is inferred, but not tested, is that the gazetting of protected areas is the initial trigger for population growth and accompanying deforestation. The authors conclude that the disparity in growth rates is driven by people actively immigrating to edges of established protected areas in response to improved social and economic opportunities. This deduction is important because it suggests that the establishment of protected areas may in fact "exacerbate the same anthropogenic threats to biodiversity it aims to alleviate."

Item ID: 24819
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1095-9203
Keywords: biodiversity conservation, protected areas, population growth
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N.B. Volume and Issue refer to the publication details of the original article "Accelerated human population growth at protected area edges". This item was written in response to this article and can be found below the article in question.

Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2013 02:11
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0699 Other Biological Sciences > 069999 Biological Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960501 Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales @ 100%
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