Continental-scale governance and the hastening of loss of Australia’s biodiversity

Euan G. Ritchie, Corey JA Bradshaw, Chris R. Dickman, Richard J. Hobbs, Christopher N. Johnson, Emma L Johnston, William F Laurance, David Lindenmayer, Michael A. McCarthy, Dale Nimmo, Hugh Possingham, Robert L. Pressey, David M. Watson, John Woinarski

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Abstract

Against a global backdrop of rapid environmental change,conserving biodiversity poses one of the biggest and most important challenges to society. For this reason,systems of nature reserves have never been more important. Protected areas are under threat in many parts of the world (Mascia & Pailler 2011), but the weakening of protected areas in a rich, developed country with a global reputation for conservation leadership (Harrison 2006) is particularly alarming (Ritchie 2013). Consequently, we are concerned about the recent spate of substantial policy, legislative, and management changes being made by three of six Australian state governments for exploitative uses of national parks—actions that could affect much of Australia and have negative effects on biodiversity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1133-1135
Number of pages3
JournalConservation Biology
Volume27
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013

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