Protection reduces loss of natural land-cover at sites of conservation importance across Africa

Protection reduces loss of natural land-cover at sites of conservation importance across Africa

This poster was produced and presented at the ZSL Institute of Zoology symposium Protected Areas – are they safeguarding biodiversity? The symposium held on November 8 and 9th 2012 aimed to provide a synthetic analysis of the world’s protected area portfolio. A key theme was to identify components of the current portfolio: how is it funded, managed and monitored, and to ask how protected areas have performed from a biodiversity conservation perspective.
The authors of this study quantified the effectiveness of protection in reducing land cover change in African Important Bird Areas (IBAs) using a dedicated visual interpretation of change from higher resolution satellite imagery. Using point based sampling, they identified the loss or retention of natural land cover across IBAs and in a 20 km buffer around each IBA.

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