A new study done by scientists from the University of Sussex, the Natural History Museum and the UN Environment Programme’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre showed that the number of flora and fauna species are increasing in protected areas (15% more individual plants and animals and 11% more species inside the conservation zones). The study used a database called Predicts (Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity in Changing Terrestrial Systems) that contains field data from a considerable amount of places around the world on how the local biodiversity respond to the impacts of human anthropogenic activities.
This is an important advance regarding the conservation of these areas specially those that share biological corridors. The maintenance of such areas is not an easy task, specially in places where there is a high pressure from anthropogenic activities and the quantity and quality of biodiversity data is very poor. These areas should be studied more in depth along with those with high species richness in order to preserve the endanger species and ensure the improvement of conditions for a successful development of all species.
There is still more work to do in this field so let’s take action and help to the fulfilment of the pledge from the Convention on Biological to rise at least 17% of land and 10% of marine areas by 2020.
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