Replacing underperforming protected areas achieves better conservation outcomes

Fuller, Richard, McDonald-Madden, Eve, Wilson, Kerrie. A, Carwrdine, Josie, Grantham, Hedley, Watson, James. E, Klein, Carissa. J, Green, David. C and Possingham, Hugh. P (2010) Replacing underperforming protected areas achieves better conservation outcomes. Nature, 466 7304: 365-367. doi:10.1038/nature09180

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Author Fuller, Richard
McDonald-Madden, Eve
Wilson, Kerrie. A
Carwrdine, Josie
Grantham, Hedley
Watson, James. E
Klein, Carissa. J
Green, David. C
Possingham, Hugh. P
Title Replacing underperforming protected areas achieves better conservation outcomes
Journal name Nature   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0028-0836
Publication date 2010-06
Year available 2010
Sub-type Letter to editor, brief commentary or brief communication
DOI 10.1038/nature09180
Volume 466
Issue 7304
Start page 365
End page 367
Total pages 3
Editor Philip Campbell
Place of publication London, U.K
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject C1
9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
9613 Remnant Vegetation and Protected Conservation Areas
050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Formatted abstract
Protected areas vary enormously in their contribution to conserving biodiversity, and the inefficiency of protected area systems is widely acknowledged1–3. However, conservation plans focus overwhelmingly on adding new sites to current protected area estates4. Here we show that the conservation performance of a protected area system can be radically improved, without extra expenditure, by replacing a small number of protected areas with new ones that achieve more for conservation. Replacing the least cost-effective 1% of Australia’s 6,990 strictly protected areas could increase the number of vegetation types that have 15% or more of their original extent protected from 18 to 54, of a maximum possible of 58. Moreover, it increases markedly the area that can be protected, with no increase in overall spending. This new paradigm for protected area system expansion could yield huge improvements to global conservation at a time when competition for land is increasingly intense.
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Keyword Property-rights
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Q-Index Code C1
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