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Biodiversity and Forestry Seminar Series: Degazettement of Protected Areas: Implications for Conservation

by portaladmin last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:01 AM

Conservation policy assumes that national parks and protected areas (PAs) are permanent fixtures on the landscape, but scattered evidence points to widespread - yet largely overlooked - PA downgrading, downsizing, and degazettement (PADDD). Though PAs are the cornerstone of global conservation efforts, their permanence has not yet been studied. To inform conservation policy and practice, WWF's Conservation Science Program (CSP) examined the spatial and temporal patterns of PADDD in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Results to date reveal more than 600 instances in 59 countries, affecting 30-60% of the national PA system in some countries. Conservation impacts of PADDD are unclear, though evidence suggests that it may sometimes advance conservation ends. Given that strategies predicated upon permanent networks of PAs are unlikely to succeed if these very PAs are disappearing from the landscape, PADDD presents a fundamental challenge to the prevailing conservation paradigm and highlights the need for renewed focus on the development of more resilient PAs and more robust conservation strategies. In this seminar, Sharon Pailler and Michael Mascia of WWF will present results and analysis of CSP's pilot research and discuss its potential implications for conservation policy and practice

The link address is: http://www.wri.org/project/open-climate-network

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