The performance and potential of protected areas

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Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: 2014
Date published: 11/2014
Authors: James Watson, Nigel Dudley, Daniel Segan, Marc Hockings
Journal title: Nature
Volume: 515
Issue: 7525
Pages: 67 - 73
ISSN: 0028-0836

Originally conceived to conserve iconic landscapes and wildlife, protected areas are now expected to achieve an increasingly diverse set of conservation, social and economic objectives. The amount of land and sea designated as formally protected has markedly increased over the past century, but there is still a major shortfall in political commitments to enhance the coverage and effectiveness of protected areas. Financial support for protected areas is dwarfed by the benefits that they provide, but these returns depend on effective management. A step change involving increased recognition, funding, planning and enforcement is urgently needed if protected areas are going to fulfil their potential.

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