Effectiveness of the global protected area network in representing species diversity

  title={Effectiveness of the global protected area network in representing species diversity},
  author={Ana S. L. Rodrigues and Sandy J. Andelman and Mohamed Imam Bakarr and Luigi Boitani and Thomas M. Brooks and Richard M. Cowling and Lincoln D. C. Fishpool and Gustavo Fonseca and Kevin J. Gaston and Michael Hoffmann and Janice Long and Pablo A. Marquet and John D. Pilgrim and Robert L. Pressey and Jan Schipper and Wes Sechrest and Simon N. Stuart and Les G. Underhill and Robert H. W. Waller and Matthew E. Watts and Xie Yan},
The Fifth World Parks Congress in Durban, South Africa, announced in September 2003 that the global network of protected areas now covers 11.5% of the planet's land surface. This surpasses the 10% target proposed a decade earlier, at the Caracas Congress, for 9 out of 14 major terrestrial biomes. Such uniform targets based on percentage of area have become deeply embedded into national and international conservation planning. Although politically expedient, the scientific basis and conservation… 
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