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Conserving critical sites for biodiversity provides disproportionate benefits to people


Larsen, FW and Turner, WR and Brooks, TM, Conserving critical sites for biodiversity provides disproportionate benefits to people, PLoS ONE, 7, (5) Article e36971. ISSN 1932-6203 (2012) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0036971


Protecting natural habitats in priority areas is essential to halt the loss of biodiversity. Yet whether these benefits for biodiversity also yield benefits for human well-being remains controversial. Here we assess the potential human well-being benefits of safeguarding a global network of sites identified as top priorities for the conservation of threatened species. Conserving these sites would yield benefits - in terms of a) climate change mitigation through avoidance of CO2 emissions from deforestation; b) freshwater services to downstream human populations; c) retention of option value; and d) benefits to maintenance of human cultural diversity - significantly exceeding those anticipated from randomly selected sites within the same countries and ecoregions. Results suggest that safeguarding sites important for biodiversity conservation provides substantial benefits to human well-being. © 2012 Larsen et al.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental management not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Brooks, TM (Dr Thomas Brooks)
ID Code:83486
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:28
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2013-03-14
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