Bigger isn’t always better for protected areas

21 Mar 2018
Melaleuca national park
Melaleuca National Park. Photo: J. Ringma

Researchers have warned a frenzied race to reach total land area conservation protection targets used by policymakers may in fact risk short-changing the underlying goal of conservation.

ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) researcher Dr Megan Barnes said global conservation targets are measured using size as the primary measure of success, which risks using up limited political and social capital on protecting areas that don’t maximise conservation benefits.

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