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Size-dependent resistance of protected areas to land-use change.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18319213     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
One of the major threats facing protected areas (PAs) is land-use change and habitat loss. We assessed the impact of land-use change on PAs. The majority of parks have been effective at protecting the ecosystems within their borders, even in areas with significant land-use pressures. More in particular, the capacity of PAs to slow down habitat degradation and to favour habitat restoration is clearly related to their size, with smaller areas that on average follow the dominant land-use change pattern into which they are embedded. Our results suggest that small parks are not going to be viable in the long term if they are considered as islands surrounded by a 'human-dominated ocean'. However, small PAs are, in many cases, the only option available, implying that we need to devote much more attention to the non-protected matrix in which PAs must survive.
Authors:
Luigi Maiorano; Alessandra Falcucci; Luigi Boitani
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society     Volume:  275     ISSN:  0962-8452     ISO Abbreviation:  Proc. Biol. Sci.     Publication Date:  2008 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-04-22     Completed Date:  2008-06-23     Revised Date:  2013-06-05    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101245157     Medline TA:  Proc Biol Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1297-304     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Animal and Human Biology, Sapienza Università di Roma, Viale dell'Università 32, Rome, Italy. luigi.maiorano@uniroma1.it
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Descriptor/Qualifier:
Agriculture
Biodiversity
Conservation of Natural Resources / methods*,  statistics & numerical data,  trends
Data Interpretation, Statistical
Ecosystem*
Geography
Italy
Socioeconomic Factors
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