The Atlas is awarded to a single journal article each month, from the thousands of articles recently published in Elsevier's journals. James' article, 'Recent increases in human pressure and forest loss threaten many Natural World Heritage Sites', revealed that over 100 world heritage sites are being damaged by human activities. The international team behind the paper also included CEED researchers and associates Sean Maxwell, Kendall Jones, James Watson, and Oscar Venter.
The award was presented by Elsevier's publishers Fiona Barron and Diana Jones at The University of Queensland's St Lucia campus.
"This paper makes significant advances to conservation science and environmental policy because it is challenging three misconceptions of our progress towards better nature preservation. Those are related to space, time, and success," said Vincent Devictor, Editor-in-Chief of Biological Conservation.
The research, which was published in January this year, found that some of the world's most valuable natural areas were suffering from forest loss and damage caused by encroaching human activities. The article outlined which World Heritage Sites have been most impacted by human pressure (roads, forest loss, infrastructure, agriculture and urbanisation). Some World Heritage Sites had suffered major losses in the last 20 years - such as the Waterton Glacier International Peace Park (bordering USA-Canada), which lost 23 percent of its forested area over that time.
Read more about the research HERE.
Image: James Allan, recipient of the Elsevier Atlas award, with Prof Melissa Brown (UQ Executive Dean of Science) and Prof Aidan Byrne (UQ Provost) (The University of Queensland).