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Don’t Overlook Even Marginal Habitat

 

1. In this commentary piece, researchers argue that current Environmental Impacts Assessments, which look at the effect of infrastructure projects on wildlife, are grossly underestimating potential loss of habitat. 
2. The authors say this is because they are overlooking even marginal habitat areas, which may become increasingly important as wildlife gets squeezed into smaller spaces. 
3. They recommend that habitat of ‘lower perceived quality’ needs to be considered along with higher quality habitat to allow nations to undertake the assessments (and actions) needed to meet their international obligations of halting the biodiversity crisis. 

Study and Journal:  "All threatened species habitat is important"   from  Animal Conservation 
WCS Co-Author(s):  James Watson , Director Science and Research Initiative

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