The role of protected areas in supporting human health : a call to broaden the assessment of conservation outcomes

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Terraube , J , Fernandez-Llamazares , A & Cabeza , M 2017 , ' The role of protected areas in supporting human health : a call to broaden the assessment of conservation outcomes ' , Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability , vol. 25 , pp. 50-58 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2017.08.005

Title: The role of protected areas in supporting human health : a call to broaden the assessment of conservation outcomes
Author: Terraube, Julien; Fernandez-Llamazares, Alvaro; Cabeza, Mar
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Biosciences
University of Helsinki, Biosciences
University of Helsinki, Biosciences
Date: 2017-04
Language: eng
Number of pages: 9
Belongs to series: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
ISSN: 1877-3435
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/311876
Abstract: Ongoing global biodiversity loss has far-reaching consequences for human health and well-being. While protected areas (PAs) have become a major policy instrument for biodiversity conservation, their role in supporting human health remains unclear. Here, we synthesize both positive and negative aspects of PAs on different dimensions of human health and provide several theoretical advances to assess the effectiveness of PAs in promoting human health. We finally identify three major research gaps requiring urgent attention. Implementing an interdisciplinary research program remains a priority to better comprehend the linkages between human health, ecosystem services and conservation policies at global scale. We believe this is key to improve the management of PAs and their surrounding areas and foster co-benefits for biodiversity and human health.
Subject: ECOSYSTEM SERVICES
EBOLA-VIRUS
BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION
GLOBAL ASSESSMENT
BRAZILIAN AMAZON
BENEFITS
MANAGEMENT
DISEASE
AFRICA
PEOPLE
1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
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