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Protected areas and the future of insect conservation

Chowdhury S, Jennions MD, Zalucki MP, Maron M, Watson JEM & Fuller RA (2023) Protected areas and the future of insect conservation. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 38, 85-95.

Anthropogenic pressures are driving insect declines across the world. Although protected areas (PAs) play a prominent role in safeguarding many vertebrate species from human-induced threats, insects are not widely considered when designing PA systems or building strategies for PA management. We review the effectiveness of PAs for insect conservation and find substantial taxonomic and geographic gaps in knowledge. Most research focuses on the representation of species, and few studies assess threats to insects or the role that effective PA management can play in insect conservation. We propose a four-step research agenda to help ensure that insects are central in efforts to expand the global PA network under the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

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