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Continental-scale governance and the hastening of loss of Australia's biodiversity


Ritchie, EG and Bradshaw, CJA and Dickman, CR and Hobbs, R and Johnson, CN and Johnston, EL and Laurance, WF and Lindenmayer, D and McCarthy, MA and Nimmo, DG and Possingham, HH and Pressey, RL and Watson, DM and Woinarski, J, Continental-scale governance and the hastening of loss of Australia's biodiversity, Conservation Biology, 27, (6) pp. 1133-1135. ISSN 0888-8892 (2013) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/cobi.12189


Against a global backdrop of rapid environmental change, conserving biodiversity poses one of the biggest and most important challenges to society. For this reason, systems of nature reserves have never been more important. Protected areas are under threat in many parts of the world (Mascia & Pailler 2011), but the weakening of protected areas in a rich, developed country with a global reputation for conservation leadership (Harrison 2006) is particularly alarming (Ritchie 2013). Consequently, we are concerned about the recent spate of substantial policy, legislative, and management changes being made by three of six Australian state governments for exploitative uses of national parks—actions that could affect much of Australia and have negative effects on biodiversity.

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Item Type:Letter or Note in Journal
Keywords:protected area management, biodiversity conservation, extinction
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:Johnson, CN (Professor Christopher Johnson)
ID Code:88811
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:24
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2014-02-17
Last Modified:2014-03-25

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