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Tropical field stations yield high conservation return on investment

Eppley, TM; Reuter, KE; Sefczek, TM; Tinsman, J; Santini, L; Hoeks, S; Andriantsaralaza, S; ... Lormie, MM; + view all (2024) Tropical field stations yield high conservation return on investment. Conservation Letters , Article e13007. 10.1111/conl.13007. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Conservation funding is currently limited; cost-effective conservation solutions are essential. We suggest that the thousands of field stations worldwide can play key roles at the frontline of biodiversity conservation and have high intrinsic value. We assessed field stations’ conservation return on investment and explored the impact of COVID-19. We surveyed leaders of field stations across tropical regions that host primate research; 157 field stations in 56 countries responded. Respondents reported improved habitat quality and reduced hunting rates at over 80% of field stations and lower operational costs per km2 than protected areas, yet half of those surveyed have less funding now than in 2019. Spatial analyses support field station presence as reducing deforestation. These “earth observatories” provide a high return on investment; we advocate for increased support of field station programs and for governments to support their vital conservation efforts by investing accordingly.

Type: Article
Title: Tropical field stations yield high conservation return on investment
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/conl.13007
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/conl.13007
Language: English
Additional information: © 2024 The Authors. Conservation Letters published by Wiley Periodicals LLC. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: biodiversity, climate change, conservation funding, field stations, pandemic, primate-range countries, protected areas, return on investment, sustainability
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10189427
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