[LINK] Catastrophic Declines in Wilderness Areas Undermine Global Environment Targets

Figure 1. Change in the Distribution of Wilderness and Globally Significant Wilderness Areas since the Early 1990s

By James E.M. Watson, Danielle F. Shanahan, Moreno Di Marco, James Allan, William F. Laurance, Eric W. Sanderson, Brendan Mackey, Oscar Venter; Current Biology

  • Globally important wilderness areas are ignored in conservation policy
  • We reveal that extensive losses of wilderness have occurred in the last two decades
  • Efforts aimed at protecting wilderness areas are failing to keep pace with its loss
  • International policy must recognize the actions needed to maintain wilderness areas

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