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Conservation efforts help biodiversity, new research shows

A recent study, led by researchers including Jamie Carr from the University of York, underscores the success of conservation measures in reversing biodiversity loss. Published in Science, this groundbreaking research consolidates evidence from numerous prior studies into a comprehensive meta-analysis, demonstrating that these efforts are also crucial in environmental action.

290424_Conservation-efforts-prove-effective-against-biodiversity-decline_golden cat in the congo basin_Visual-1Image of a young golden cat, one of the multiple species in danger of extinction that inhabits the Congo Basin area.

With over 44,000 species facing extinction and many human economies reliant on healthy ecosystems, the study's findings come at a critical time. Global governments have set new targets to reverse biodiversity declines, emphasising the need for effective conservation strategies.

The study analysed 186 studies covering more than a century of conservation actions across various biodiversity levels—from species to ecosystems. Results indicate that 66% of conservation initiatives, such as habitat restoration and invasive species management, significantly improved biodiversity conditions or slowed their decline.

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Notable successes include predator management on Florida's barrier islands, which enhanced nesting success for local wildlife and reduced deforestation rates in the Congo Basin's managed logging concessions. These examples highlight the tangible benefits of targeted conservation efforts. The research also points to an increase in the effectiveness of recent conservation interventions, suggesting a positive trend in environmental management practices.

Researchers argue for increased funding for protected areas, which are crucial for sustaining biodiversity. They estimate that effective global conservation could require up to $524 billion, primarily needed in biodiversity-rich countries.

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The study advocates for more comprehensive studies to evaluate various conservation strategies. Prof Chris Thomas from the University of York emphasised the importance of conservation in allowing ecosystems and species to thrive alongside human development. This research provides a hopeful outlook for biodiversity conservation, urging for continued and expanded efforts to ensure a balanced natural world.

DGB Group actively develops and monitors nature-friendly initiatives such as reforestation, agroforestry-led projects by local communities, and responsible land management practices to address deforestation and biodiversity loss. Our endeavours produce verified carbon units, also known as carbon credits, accredited by leading standards including Verra and the Gold Standard. We provide straightforward carbon compensation solutions that enable organisations to effectively assess and address their environmental impact.

Partnering with DGB allows corporations and individuals to advance significantly towards their net-zero goals, contributing to the revival and protection of natural environments and landscapes. Together, we are committed to fostering a sustainable and biodiverse future.

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