Seminar Series

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 3:30 PM



Dr. Oscar Venter, University of Northern British Columbia

The role of protected areas in global conservation efforts: Size is not everything

PAs have expanded rapidly over the last few decades, championed by ambitious targets such as those under the Convention on Biological Diversity to protect 17% of land areas. However, PAs can conflict with other societal goals, such as housing, food production and wood harvesting. This conflict can cause PAs to be preferentially established in locations that are remote or have little agricultural value, failing to protect the imperiled biodiversity found on more valuable land. In this talk I will present our work to quantify the implications these biases have on the conservation value of protected areas globally, and how this can undermine the aspirations of the major conservation conventions.

Oscar Venter is an Associate Professor and Growth and Yield and Forest Valuation Chair in the Ecosystem Science and Management Program at UNBC.  His research aims to improve our understanding of the trade-offs and synergies among economic production, ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation. Much of his work has been at regional scales in South East Asia, looking at forest planning and payments for forest carbon storage. For the past three years he has been leading an interdisciplinary team working to map human pressures and conservation policy at the global scale.

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