Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

95% of Iberian vertebrate hotspots are not protected, study finds

Date:
September 19, 2011
Source:
Plataforma SINC
Summary:
A study carried out by Spanish and Italian biologists concluded that 95% of areas with high concentrations of vertebrates in the Iberian Peninsula are not in protected areas. It also proposes changing the current method for demarcating these areas, given that it only considers very few species, leaving out large groups of animals.

Spanish Algyroides.
Credit: Luis Faisco

A study carried out by Spanish and Italian biologists concluded that 95% of areas with high concentrations of vertebrates in the Iberian Peninsula are not in protected areas. It also proposes changing the current method for demarcating these areas, given that it only considers very few species, leaving out large groups of animals.

Biodiversity hotspots for vertebrates in the Iberian Peninsula take up 3.7% of land and are mostly unprotected. Only 5% of these hotspots are within protected areas.

A study by the Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Biological Evolution from the University of Valencia, in collaboration with the University of Sapienza, Rome, has been published in the latest issue of Acta Oecologica. It shows why the criteria used to create protective areas are ineffective in the Iberian Peninsula.

The biologist Pascual López-López, researcher for the study, recognised: "the method for designing networks of protected areas is based on demarcating a few areas as 'biodiversity hotspots'. This doesn't make any sense in the Mediterranean basin."

The protected areas network was designed with criteria that only considered a few groups of animals, mainly certain bird and mammal species, "for which coverage is good, while for others it is not so," stressed López-López.

Currently, protected areas do not have a vast concentration of animal species, but hotspots have great diversity of species, which are outside protected areas.

The Spanish researcher believes that it is not possible "to protect the diversity of species creating a network as if it were a collection of samples, without considering that the changes provoked by human activity will make this change completely."

Pascual López-López warns that "if we continue like this, in addition to not having a good network of protected areas, what will happen is that the current network will be inefficient at preserving biodiversity."


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Plataforma SINC. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Pascual López-López, Luigi Maiorano, Alessandra Falcucci, Emilio Barba, Luigi Boitani. Hotspots of species richness, threat and endemism for terrestrial vertebrates in SW Europe. Acta Oecologica, 2011; 37 (5): 399 DOI: 10.1016/j.actao.2011.05.004

Cite This Page:

Plataforma SINC. "95% of Iberian vertebrate hotspots are not protected, study finds." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 19 September 2011. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/09/110919073853.htm>.
Plataforma SINC. (2011, September 19). 95% of Iberian vertebrate hotspots are not protected, study finds. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 20, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/09/110919073853.htm
Plataforma SINC. "95% of Iberian vertebrate hotspots are not protected, study finds." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/09/110919073853.htm (accessed April 20, 2014).

Share This



More Earth & Climate News

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism

Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism

AP (Apr. 18, 2014) — Operators of recreational businesses on western reservoirs worry that ongoing drought concerns will keep boaters and other visitors from flocking to the popular summer attractions. (April 18) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Man Claims He Found Loch Ness Monster With... Apple Maps?

Man Claims He Found Loch Ness Monster With... Apple Maps?

Newsy (Apr. 18, 2014) — Andy Dixon showed the Daily Mail a screenshot of what he believes to be the mythical beast swimming just below the lake's surface. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
First Ever 'Female Penis' Discovered In Animal Kingdom

First Ever 'Female Penis' Discovered In Animal Kingdom

Newsy (Apr. 18, 2014) — Not only are these newly discovered bugs' sex organs reversed, but they also mate for up to 70 hours. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Ark. Man Finds 6-Carat Diamond At State Park

Ark. Man Finds 6-Carat Diamond At State Park

Newsy (Apr. 18, 2014) — An Arkansas man has found a nearly 6.2-carat diamond, which he dubbed "The Limitless Diamond," at the Crater of Diamonds State Park. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
 
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:  

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:  

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile iPhone Android Web
Follow Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins