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Management resourcing and government transparency are key drivers of biodiversity outcomes in Southeast Asian protected areas

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Graham, V and Geldmann, J and Adams, VM and Grech, A and Deinet, S and Chang, HC, Management resourcing and government transparency are key drivers of biodiversity outcomes in Southeast Asian protected areas, Biological Conservation, 253 Article 108875. ISSN 0006-3207 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108875

Abstract

Protected areas aim to conserve nature by providing safe havens for biodiversity. However, protection from habitat loss, poaching and other threats, is not guaranteed without adequate investment in their management. Here, we examine the relationship between management effectiveness using the Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (METT) and trends of 79 populations of mammals and birds in 12 Southeast Asian protected areas from Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. Despite the negative influence of corruption on species population change, we find evidence that adequate financial and human resourcing are important determinants in achieving good biodiversity outcomes. Management resourcing, national government transparency and body size collectively explain 29% of the variation in animal population trends in our model. Our paper contributes to a growing evidence base linking management resourcing shortfalls to declining biodiversity populations in protected areas. Our key findings are relevant to international funding agencies, governments and NGOs, to aid decision making around the allocation of conservation resources in Southeast Asia.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:protected areas, biodiversity, animal population trends, management effectiveness tracking tool, government transparency, living planet database, Southeast Asia
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental protection frameworks (incl. economic incentives)
UTAS Author:Adams, VM (Dr Vanessa Adams)
ID Code:142454
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2021-01-18
Last Modified:2021-05-24
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