How Nature Conservation Is Making a Difference

According to a recent study published in the journal Science, conservation efforts are reducing global biodiversity loss. This is the first study of its kind. For over a decade, international researchers have reviewed 665 trials of conservation measures in different countries, oceans, and across species, some dating back as far back as 1890.

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They found that the conservation measures had a positive effect in two out of every three cases. Their findings show a “ray of light” for those working to protect threatened animals and plants.

Co-author Dr Penny Langhammer, executive vice-president of environment charity Re:wild, told BBC News: “If you read the headlines about extinction these days, it would be easy to get the impression that we are failing biodiversity but that’s not really looking at the whole picture. This study provides the strongest evidence to date that not only does conservation improve the state of biodiversity and slow its decline, but when it works, it really works”.

The study has highlighted that one positive outcome of conservation measures is that the deforestation rates falling 74% in the Congo Basin. However, a fifth of projects negatively impacted the targeted species. Even though some provided an accidental boost for other species.

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