Growing disparity in global conservation research capacity and its impact on biodiversity conservation

Zhang, Lu, Yang, Li, Chapman, Colin A., Peres, Carlos A. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1588-8765, Lee, Tien Ming and Fan, Peng Fei (2023) Growing disparity in global conservation research capacity and its impact on biodiversity conservation. One Earth, 6 (2). pp. 147-157. ISSN 2590-3322

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Abstract

Building conservation research capacity (CRC), especially in developing countries, has long been proposed to halt and reverse biodiversity loss. Yet, a global evaluation of CRC and its impact on biodiversity conservation is still lacking. Here, by analyzing over 177,000 scientific papers from major conservation journals published after 2000, we derived six indicators of CRC and monitored their changes for the 193 United Nations member countries. We found that while CRC expectedly varied globally, the disparity in CRC between the top and bottom echelons grew over time. While most CRC indicators improved biodiversity conservation status (i.e., the IUCN Red List Index) in high-CRC countries, only the number of collaborating countries had a positive impact for low-CRC countries. Therefore, building CRC must be a top conservation priority, and high-CRC countries must lend greater support for low-CRC countries through meaningful collaborations and funding truly collaborative research in low-CRC developing countries.

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Additional Information: Funding information: This work was supported by research grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (#31822049 to P.F.F., and #41180944 and #41180953 to T.M.L.), and the Guangdong Provincial Research Fund (#42150016 to T.M.L.).
Uncontrolled Keywords: bibliometric analysis,cop-15,debt-for-swaps,iucn red list index,kunming-montreal global biodiversity framework,megadiverse countries,protected areas,threatened species,environmental science(all),earth and planetary sciences (miscellaneous) ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2300
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Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2023 15:30
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2023 08:34
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/90900
DOI: 10.1016/j.oneear.2023.01.003

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