A new study raises questions on whether current conservation science and policy for protected areas could be saving more biodiversity — with political and economic expediency often having taken precedence in the past. Lead author Professor Bob Pressey, from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University (JCU), said the term ‘save’ in conservation needs to be better defined.
“Across the world, protected areas are established where they least interfere with commercial activities, even though those activities can cause decline and extinction,” Prof Pressey said.
“But ‘saving’ means intervening in a way that prevents the loss of ecosystems and species,” he said.
“There lies the problem...Read More