African development corridors intersect key protected areas

Sloan, Sean, Bertsky, Bastian, and Laurance, William F. (2016) African development corridors intersect key protected areas. African Journal of Ecology, 55 (4). pp. 731-737.

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[Extract] Unprecedented growth of mining and agriculture in Africa is encroaching on remaining habitats. Mining in Africa frequently occurs in proximity to protected areas (PAs), more than in other world regions (Durán, Rauch & Gaston, 2013), and at least 23 African PAs have been degazetted or downgraded as a result (Edwards et al., 2014). Even natural World Heritage Sites, the global pinnacle of conservation, suffer mining and oil/gas exploration and exploitation across 31 sites and 18 African countries (WWF, 2015), again more than other world regions (WWF, 2016). The anticipated expansion of transport 'development corridors' related to infrastructure and resource development could impact the ecological integrity of many other PAs as roads and rails link producers with refineries and ports over vast distances (Weng et al.,2013).

Item ID: 51584
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1365-2028
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2017 04:23
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410401 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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