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Conservation: Nature publishes priorities for conserving global biodiversity

Peter Jones contributes to ‘to-do list’ to make protected areas more effective

Conservation: Nature publishes priorities for conserving global biodiversity

On 6th November, Nature published a ‘to-do list for the world’s parks’, in which “Experts share their priorities for what must be done to make protected areas more effective at conserving global biodiversity”.

Among  these, Dr Peter Jones (UCL Geography) contributes a comment on the need to Assess Governance Structures. He argues that:

“Projects such as the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Green List are beginning to evaluate the effectiveness of protected areas systematically. This will help to shift the focus of conservation efforts from targets assessed just by hectares to other, more-meaningful objectives, focused on effectiveness. But to learn from successes and failures, we must also evaluate governance systems… Too often, conservation discussions descend into unproductive debates about which governance approach is best, but the best solution varies with context. We need to learn the principles to match combinations of approaches with situations. The key to resilience is diversity — both of species in ecosystems and approaches in governance systems”

The issue is published to coincide with the decadal World Parks Congress, and Peter’s comment draws on his book Governing Marine Protected Areas: Resilience through Diversity.

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Coral gardens in the Palmyra Atoll and Kingman Reef national wildlife refuges (Jim Maragos, USFWS)


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