To examine the contribution of protected areas and targeted management to alleviating threats on threatened species
Type of Study:
Australian threatened species face 11 major threat classes, with invasive and problematic species impacting the greatest proportion of species (82%), followed by natural system modifications and agriculture (56% of species). Well resourced protected areas could remove one or more threats for almost all threaterned species, whereas protected areas that lack resources could only alleviate one or more threats for 76% of species. Protected areas alone cannot remove all threats to threatened species, 52% face threats that require acitons beyond networks of protected areas.This highlights the importance of a landscape scale approach to threat management as many threatened species occur outside protected areas, and half (52%) of Australia’s threatened species face threats requiring concerted efforts across protected and non-protected areas.
Kearney S. G., Adams V. M., Fuller R. A. et al. (2018) Estimating the benefit of well-managed protected areas for threatened species conservation. Oryx 1-9.