Articles on Protected areas

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Communities living near protected areas such as Nyika National Park often depend on agriculture and natural resources to survive. Julia van Velden

Malawi study shows how dependency on bushmeat hunting can be reduced

Enforcement at protected areas is key way to prevent bushmeat poaching, but it's also important to recognise the contribution bushmeat makes to livelihoods, incomes and food security.
Camera trap image of adult female chimpanzee with her offspring in fallow area in Moyamba district of Sierra Leone foraging on oranges. Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Action is needed to save West Africa’s critically endangered chimpanzees

Studies show that West Africa's critically endangered chimpanzees are finding ways of adapting to their rapidly changing habitat, but they still remain highly at risk.
The West Moberly First Nation would like to see biodiversity-rich riparian areas in the Peace River Valley, in northeastern British Columbia protected. They will be destroyed by the Site C hydro dam, currently under construction. Garth Lenz

Protecting not-so-wild places helps biodiversity

Countries can protect biodiversity and recognize Indigenous peoples as conservation partners.
Mountain biking seems harmless but can damage soil and scare wildlife. Pixabay

Trails on trial: which human uses are OK for protected areas?

National parks and nature reserves are vital for conservation, but are also great places for recreation. Balancing the two is tricky, but it can be done if we realise parks are not just playgrounds.
Nature offers many benefits to people. (Shutterstock)

It pays to invest in biodiversity

Governments around the world have vowed to halt the loss of global biodiversity by 2020, but without more investment, we'll miss some of the targets.
People transporting gasoline by boat in Indonesia’s Kayan Mentarang National Park. ESCapade/Wikimedia Commons

One-third of the world’s nature reserves are under threat from humans

The world's national parks cover an area bigger than South America. But a new survey finds that one-third of this area is subject to pressure from human developments, potentially putting wildlife at risk.
Cleared habitat in Niassa Reserve, Mozambique. James Allan

Half the world’s ecosystems at risk from habitat loss, and Australia is one of the worst

Since 1992, an area of land two-thirds the size of Australia has been converted to human use.
Fires in 1997 in Indonesia released over a billion tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere. Indonesia’s forests burned again in 2015. AAP

The world’s carbon stores are going up in smoke with vanishing wilderness

The world has lost 10% of its wilderness areas in the past 20 years and, with it, vast stores of carbon.

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