Protected areas and global conservation of migratory birds

Runge, Claire A., Watson, James E.M., Butchart, Stuart H.M., Hanson, Jeffrey O., Possingham, Hugh P. and Fuller, Richard A. (2015) Protected areas and global conservation of migratory birds. Science, 350 6265: 1255-1258. doi:10.1126/science.aac9180

Author Runge, Claire A.
Watson, James E.M.
Butchart, Stuart H.M.
Hanson, Jeffrey O.
Possingham, Hugh P.
Fuller, Richard A.
Title Protected areas and global conservation of migratory birds
Journal name Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1095-9203
Publication date 2015-12-04
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1126/science.aac9180
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 350
Issue 6265
Start page 1255
End page 1258
Total pages 4
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Association for the Advancement of Science
Language eng
Subject 1000 General
Abstract Migratory species depend on a suite of interconnected sites. Threats to unprotected links in these chains of sites are driving rapid population declines of migrants around the world, yet the extent to which different parts of the annual cycle are protected remains unknown. We show that just 9% of 1451 migratory birds are adequately covered by protected areas across all stages of their annual cycle, in comparison with 45% of nonmigratory birds. This discrepancy is driven by protected area placement that does not cover the full annual cycle of migratory species, indicating that global efforts toward coordinated conservation planning for migrants are yet to bear fruit. Better-targeted investment and enhanced coordination among countries are needed to conserve migratory species throughout their migratory cycle.
Keyword Biodiversity Conservation
Environmental Sciences
Biodiversity & Conservation
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID LP150101059
Institutional Status UQ

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