Inspire4Nature fellow Scott Ford led a new article entitled Deforestation leakage undermines conservation value of tropical and subtropical forest protected areas, co-authored by senior Inspire4Nature scientists Martin Rudbeck Jepsen, Naomi Kingston, Thomas Brooks, Brian MacSharry and Ole Mertz.
Protected area leakage is a rarely studied phenomenon in which land use activities harmful to conservation efforts are displaced to regions surrounding protected areas following their establishment. The authors assess patterns of deforestation leakage in tropical forest protected areas throughout the world and find evidence that this phenomenon is widespread and has the potential to undermine conservation outcomes.
Ford, S.A., Jepsen, M.R., Kingston, N., Lewis, E., Brooks, T.M., MacSharry, B., Mertz, O. (2020) Deforestation leakage undermines conservation value of tropical and subtropical forest protected areas. Global Ecology and Biogeography: 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1111/geb.13172
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