Does research help to safeguard protected areas?

Laurance, William F. (2013) Does research help to safeguard protected areas? Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 28 (5). pp. 261-266.

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Abstract

Although many protected areas are foci for scientific research, they also face growing threats from illegal encroachment and overharvesting. Does the presence of field researchers help to limit such threats? Although evidence is largely anecdotal, researchers do appear to provide some protective effects, both actively (such as by deterring poachers) and passively (such as by benefiting local communities economically and thereby generating support for protected areas). However, much remains unknown about the generality and impacts of such benefits. A key priority is to develop a better understanding of the advantages and limitations of field research for aiding protected areas and their biodiversity.

Item ID: 28735
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1872-8383
Keywords: biodiversity conservation, illegal mining, poaching, park management, protected areas, scientific research
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2013 05:40
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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