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Protected Areas

Protected Areas: Much More Than Pristine Nature

Mark Tercek | Posted 12.02.2014 | Green
Mark Tercek

To some, protected areas may seem like "traditional" conservation -- setting aside pristine places for the benefit of wildlife. And to be sure, protecting biodiversity remains at the very core of every conservation strategy in our toolbox. But protected areas also do much more.

5 Measures of Conservation to Affordably Monitor Our Effectiveness

David Wilkie | Posted 11.14.2014 | Green
David Wilkie

Most conservation practitioners would rather spend the next dollar raised on reducing threats than monitoring the effectiveness of their actions. Not surprisingly, few have ever attempted to gather scientifically credible data on any of the numerous exhaustive lists of indicators.

Saving the World, One Park at a Time

Dr. Cristián Samper | Posted 11.16.2014 | Green
Dr. Cristián Samper

More than 300 terrestrial animal species have been driven to extinction since 1500. The creation and maintenance of well-managed protected areas provide the greatest promise of ending the extinction crisis confronting our Earth's best of the wild.

In Sydney: Recommitting To Wildlife And Parks

Susan Lieberman, Ph.D | Posted 11.10.2014 | Green
Susan Lieberman, Ph.D

A landmark paper published this week in Nature by James Watson and colleagues shows that there is now significant evidence that many governments are backsliding on their commitments to establish and support parks and other protected areas.

Elephant Conservation Success Stories To Celebrate and Replicate

Dr. Cristián Samper | Posted 07.29.2014 | Green
Dr. Cristián Samper

Killed for their tusks to satisfy today's nearly insatiable ivory demand, elephants are disappearing at an alarming rate from countries where they were once abundant.

World Parks Congress Holds Promise for an Inspired Planet

Trisha Kehaulani Watson | Posted 05.28.2014 | Hawaii
Trisha Kehaulani Watson

The effort to work with women, local communities, indigenous peoples, and youth has never been more pronounced.

6 Signs of Progress at UN Biodiversity Conference

Russell Mittermeier | Posted 01.06.2013 | Green
Russell Mittermeier

At recent U.N. conferences, side events carried out by civil society organizations have come to be at least as important as the governmen- level activities themselves, particularly with regard to raising awareness and political or private sector will for innovative solutions.

Will Orangutans Become Extinct Before the Conservation Community Gets Its Game on?

Jamie Bechtel | Posted 01.09.2012 | Green
Jamie Bechtel

Visiting orangutans in the wilds tops my bucket list and it is clear I am running out of time. Nearly 700 orangutans were just slaughtered by local villagers in Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of Borneo.

Tom Zeller Jr.

Biodiversity On Earth Plummets, Despite Growth in Protected Habitats

HuffingtonPost.com | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 09.29.2011 | Green

Despite rapid and substantial growth in the amount of land and sea designated as protected habitat over the last four decades, the diversity of specie...

Ghost Trails Haunt Our Public Lands

Kevin Walker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kevin Walker

Very few wild, relatively pristine lands remain in the lower forty eight states. And less than half of them lie within protected areas. The rest of these scarce wild lands are vulnerable to abuse.