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Catastrophic declines in wilderness areas

 

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A tenth of the world’s wilderness lost since the 1990s

Date:
September 8, 2016
Source:
Wildlife Conservation Society
Summary:
Researchers reporting in the journal Current Biology show catastrophic declines in wilderness areas around the world over the last 20 years.

Researchers reporting in the journal Current Biology show catastrophic declines in wilderness areas around the world over the last 20 years. They demonstrate alarming losses comprising a tenth of global wilderness since the 1990s — an area twice the size of Alaska and half the size of the Amazon. The Amazon and Central Africa have been hardest hit.

The findings underscore an immediate need for international policies to recognize the value of wilderness areas and to address the unprecedented threats they face, the researchers say.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.