Journal article

Large conservation opportunities exist in > 90% of tropic-subtropic coastal habitats adjacent to cities

Tessa Mazor, Daniel A Friess, Peter A Todd, Danwei Huang, Nhung TH Nguyen, Megan I Saunders, Rebecca K Runting, Ryan J Lowe, Paula Cartwright, James P Gilmour, Catherine E Lovelock

ONE EARTH | ELSEVIER | Published : 2021

Abstract

Coastal habitats have faced decades of loss caused by urbanization. Global recognition of the ecosystem services that coastal habitats provide has led to an emphasis on cities to adopt nature-based solutions (NBS). However, a broad assessment of urban areas and their potential to conserve remaining coastal habitat has not been undertaken. Here we apply spatial analytics to investigate 5,096 coastal urban areas in tropical and subtropical regions within the distribution of mangroves, tidal flats, seagrass meadows, and coral reefs, and find <50% of urban areas have natural coastal habitats within their extent. Large conservation opportunities for urban areas exist within an adjacent 50 km buff..

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Grants

Awarded by National Research Foundation, Prime Minister's Office, Singapore under its NRF Australia-Singapore Joint Research Grant Call


Funding Acknowledgements

This research is supported by the Australian Department of Industry, Innova-tion and Science, and the National Research Foundation, Prime Minister's Office, Singapore under its NRF Australia-Singapore Joint Research Grant Call (NRF2018AUSG02) . We thank the four anonymous reviewers for their valu-able comments on the manuscript.