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The Protected Area Paradox and refugee species: The giant panda and baselines shifted towards conserving species in marginal habitats

Kerley, Graham I. H. and te Beest, Mariska and Cromsigt, Joris and Pauly, Daniel and Shultz, Susanne (2020). The Protected Area Paradox and refugee species: The giant panda and baselines shifted towards conserving species in marginal habitats. Conservation science and practice. 2 , e203
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Abstract

Paradoxically, despite the growth in protected areas globally, many species remain threatened and continue to decline. Attempts to conserve species in suboptimal habitats (i.e., as refugee species) may in part explain this Protected Area Paradox. Refugee species yield poor conservation outcomes as they suffer lower densities and fitness. We suggest that the giant panda may serve as an iconic example, reflecting the contraction and shift in the giant panda's range, diet and habitat use over the past 3,500years, coinciding with increasing human pressure, and now maintained by conservation efforts, this due to shifted baselines. The global bias of protected area location to less productive habitats indicates that this problem may be widespread. We urgently need efforts to identify victims of refugee species status to allow improved conservation management globally, reducing the paradoxical outcomes of our conservation efforts.

Authors/Creators:Kerley, Graham I. H. and te Beest, Mariska and Cromsigt, Joris and Pauly, Daniel and Shultz, Susanne
Title:The Protected Area Paradox and refugee species: The giant panda and baselines shifted towards conserving species in marginal habitats
Series Name/Journal:Conservation science and practice
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:2
Article number:e203
Number of Pages:6
Publisher:WILEY
ISSN:2578-4854
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
Keywords:Ailuropoda melanoleuca, conservation management, fitness, giant panda, optimal habitat, protected areas, range contraction, refugee species, shifted baseline, suboptimal habitat
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-112319
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-112319
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DOI10.1111/csp2.203
Web of Science (WoS)000576763300011
ID Code:24546
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:16 Jun 2021 08:43
Metadata Last Modified:16 Jun 2021 08:51

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