The capacity of Australia's protected-area system to represent threatened species.

  title={The capacity of Australia's protected-area system to represent threatened species.},
  author={James E M Watson and Megan C. Evans and Josie Carwardine and Richard A. Fuller and L. Nalini Joseph and Dan B Segan and Martin J. Taylor and Rod Fensham and Hugh P. Possingham},
  journal={Conservation biology : the journal of the Society for Conservation Biology},
  volume={25 2},
The acquisition or designation of new protected areas is usually based on criteria for representation of different ecosystems or land-cover classes, and it is unclear how well-threatened species are conserved within protected-area networks. Here, we assessed how Australia's terrestrial protected-area system (89 million ha, 11.6% of the continent) overlaps with the geographic distributions of threatened species and compared this overlap against a model that randomly placed protected areas across… CONTINUE READING
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