Journal article

Testing the presence of marine protected areas against their ability to reduce pressures on biodiversity

Simone L Stevenson, Skipton NC Woolley, Jon Barnett, Piers Dunstan

Conservation Biology | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are the preferred tool for preventing marine biodiversity loss, as reflected in international protected area targets. Although the area covered by MPAs is expanding, there is a concern that opposition from resource users is driving them into already low-use locations, whereas high-pressure areas remain unprotected, which has serious implications for biodiversity conservation. We tested the spatial relationships between different human-induced pressures on marine biodiversity and global MPAs. We used global, modeled pressure data and the World Database on Protected Areas to calculate the levels of 15 different human-induced pressures inside and outside the world'..

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