MountainGorilla 300ppiThe high incidence of armed conflicts in biodiverse regions, such as Africa, poses significant challenges in achieving international conservation targets. A paper out today in Nature Communications led by Dr Edd Hammill (CEED, UQ & Uni Utah) found that while factoring in potential armed conflict into environmental decisions increased up-front costs, the return on investment, in both species conservation and financially, can be increased by 100%.  Opting to completely avoid conflict-prone areas offers limited improvements and could lead to species, like the Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei, image: L. Joseph) pictured here, receiving no protection.   READ THE PAPER HERE