Lemur UQFuture national park expansion should focus on land that is home to threatened species, rather than on land that is cheap to protect, researchers say.

“A number of countries are working toward what could become the biggest expansion of protected areas in history,” said The University of Queensland’s Dr Oscar Venter, who led a study that found 85 per cent of the world’s vulnerable species are not sufficiently covered by protected areas.

“It is vital that this expansion focusses on land which contains threatened flora and fauna, rather than the ‘business-as-usual’ approach of favouring land that is cheap to protect,” said Dr Venter, of UQ’s School of Biological Sciences...read more

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