31 Dec '16, 5pm

ICYMI: SCB Roadless Initiative publishes paper in @sciencemagazine

ICYMI: SCB Roadless Initiative publishes paper in @sciencemagazine

Roads are a key component of modern human development. At the same time, however, they represent a major - and dramatically growing - threat to biodiversity. Conservation policy addressing roads is traditionally based on “road ecology,” meaning that conservation accepts to deal with the impacts of existing or planned roads. In contrast, a science focused on the ecosystem benefits of roadless areas is needed to counter the growing effects of roads globally. The Roadless Initiative of the Society for Conservation Biology (see also www.roadless.online ) follows a complementary and more proactive approach – the conservation of the remaining roadless areas, that has the potential to prevent the “contagious development effects” of road building, i.e., the construction of side roads into previously undisturbed areas, and uncontrolled colonisation and degradation of ecosystems. We...

Full article: http://conbio.org/policy/global-policy-initiatives/roadle...

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thegef.org 29 Dec '16, 12pm

At the UN Biological diversity conference (COP13) in Cancun, Mexico, Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CB...