Inspire4Nature fellow Konstantina Spiliopoulou led a new article entitled The Natura 2000 network and the ranges of threatened species in Greece, co-authored by Panayiotis G. Dimitrakopoulos, Thomas M. Brooks, Gabriela Kelaidi, Kaloust Paragamian, Vassiliki Kati, Anthi Oikonomou, Dimitris Vavylis, Panayiotis Trigas, Petros Lymberakis, William Darwall, Maria Th. Stoumboudi and Kostas A. Triantis.
The Natura 2000 network in Greece has one of the highest levels of protected area coverage in Europe, and is far above the 17% coverage mandated by Aichi Target 11. The authors in order to answer how well The Natura 2000 represents the threatened biodiversity of Greece, assess the overlap between species ranges and the country’s Natura 2000 network. They find that the current network is demonstrably superior to a random placement of the sites, but it fails to adequately represent all threatened species that are of priority for protection globally.
Spiliopoulou, K., Dimitrakopoulos, P.G., Brooks, T.M., Kelaidi, G., Paragamian, K., Kati, V., Oikonomou, A., Vavylis, D., Trigas, P., Lymberakis, P., Darwall, W., Stoumboudi, M.Th. & Triantis K.A. (2021) The Natura 2000 network and the ranges of threatened species in Greece. Biodiversity and Conservation. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10531-021-02125-7
(Figure from the article; no changes were made)