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A global analysis of management capacity and ecological outcomes in terrestrial protected areas


Geldmann, J and Coad, L and Barnes, MD and Craigie, ID and Woodley, S and Balmford, A and Brooks, TM and Hockings, M and Knights, K and Mascia, MB and McRae, L and Burgess, ND, A global analysis of management capacity and ecological outcomes in terrestrial protected areas, Conservation Letters, 11, (3) Article e12434. ISSN 1755-263X (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/conl.12434


Protecting important sites is a key strategy for halting the loss of biodiversity. However, our understanding of the relationship between management inputs and biodiversity outcomes in protected areas (PAs) remains weak. Here, we examine biodiversity outcomes using species population trends in PAs derived from the Living Planet Database in relation to management data derived from the Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (METT) database for 217 population time-series from 73 PAs. We found a positive relationship between our METT-based scores for Capacity and Resources and changes in vertebrate abundance, consistent with the hypothesis that PAs require adequate resourcing to halt biodiversity loss. Additionally, PA age was negatively correlated with trends for the mammal subsets and PA size negatively correlated with population trends in the global subset. Our study highlights the paucity of appropriate data for rigorous testing of the role of management in maintaining species populations across multiple sites, and describes ways to improve our understanding of PA performance.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:living planet database, management effectiveness tracking tool (METT), protected area management effectiveness (PAME), vertebrate population trends, world database on protected areas (WDPA)
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Terrestrial biodiversity
UTAS Author:Brooks, TM (Dr Thomas Brooks)
ID Code:152815
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:78
Deposited By:Mathematics
Deposited On:2022-08-24
Last Modified:2022-08-24

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