Scientists plead for increase of native habitats in working landscapes
Governments worldwide set a target to conserve 17% of the Earth’s terrestrial surface within protected areas by 2020. This goal will likely be met. However, no area-based target exists to conserve biodiversity outside of protected areas. Working landscapes that are used for purposes like farming, ranching or forestry are expanding, and scientists plead for the protection of these areas.
In a recently published article, Garibaldi et al. argue for the need to increase native habitats to at least 20% of working landscape areas. In areas where this minimum surface area is already met, the scientists believe the higher levels should be maintained.
Read the article: 2020 Garibaldi et al Conservation Letters