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Prevent perverse outcomes from global protected area policy

Nature Ecology & Evolutionvolume 2pages759762 (2018) | Download Citation

Aichi Target 11 has galvanized expansion of the global protected area network, but there is little evidence that this brings real biodiversity gains. We argue that area-based prioritization risks unintended perverse consequences and that the focus of protected area target development should shift from quantity to quality.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge J. Ringma for graphic design support and H. E. Fox, B. Pressey and P. J. Stephenson for comments on earlier versions of this manuscript. This research was conducted under the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CE11001000104) and funded by the Australian Government.

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  1. These authors contributed equally: Megan D. Barnes and Louise Glew.

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  1. ARC Centre of Excellence for Conservation Decisions, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Queensland, Australia

    • Megan D. Barnes
  2. Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, College of Tropical Resources and Agriculture, University of Hawaii Manoa, Honolulu, HI, USA

    • Megan D. Barnes
  3. World Wildlife Fund, Washington DC, USA

    • Louise Glew
  4. Luc Hoffmann Institute, WWF International, Gland, Switzerland

    • Carina Wyborn
  5. College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana, Missoula, MT, USA

    • Carina Wyborn
  6. ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia

    • Ian D. Craigie

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