Report finds world’s Protected Areas may relax, shrink, even completely disappear

On March 1, 1872, the United States Congress declared 3,400 square miles of land spanning three states as the country’s – and the world’s – first national park. We call it Yellowstone.

Soon followed the inclusion of hundreds of the planet’s most remarkable landscapes into an international network of protected areas (PAs) that are, in some cases, the only safeguard for entire ecosystems. Today, there are over 160,000 PAs spanning 12.7 percent of the planet’s land surface.

This is the first part of a four-part series examining trends in Protected Area Downgrading, Downsizing, and Degazettement (PADDD). Read the second and third parts for a more comprehensive look at the issue.

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Published on on 10/28/2014