Do Nature Reserves Work?

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Science  05 Jan 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5501, pp. 9
DOI: 10.1126/science.10.1126/SCIENCE.291.5501.9D

Globally, nature reserves are set aside for the protection of biodiversity, but despite much discussion, there are few data to indicate the effectiveness of these reserves in slowing the pace of habitat destruction. Bruner et al. (p. 125) paint a guardedly optimistic picture of the position in tropical regions. Their survey of 93 parks in 23 countries shows that a degree of protection is achieved even if funding is scarce, but that there is also a direct correlation between the resources devoted to a park and its effectiveness.

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