Averting biodiversity collapse in tropical forest protected areas

Is an introduction to a paper published in Nature today. This very brief (1:49) ‘teaser’ is taken from a Skype interview with Bill Laurance (lead author) and Corey Bradshaw (one of 216 other contributors). I hope to be able to share some of the back story to this significant endeavour in the not too distant future.

UPDATE:

Corey and Bill publish some healthy debate.

European Commission, Environment – news alert with link to .pdf to be cited as follows. [hint: search “tropical forest nature reserves” and look for the article entitled “Areas surrounding tropical forest nature reserves also need protection” :

Areas surrounding tropical forest nature reserves also need protection 11/10/12
To preserve rich biodiversity in protected areas of tropical forests, safeguarding the surrounding area can be just as important as safeguarding the park or reserve itself. This is according to a new study, which assessed the ecological health of 60 protected areas across the tropics.”

Environment Institute an-update-on-the-biodiversity-arks-paper

One week down the track we have seen:

  • 171 views of the 90 second YouTube teaser video
  • Online press for 48hrs – about a dozen articles (one 24hr news cycle in each timezone?). Include BBC News (and tweet to 3million followers), and a nature editorial.
  • Blogs from day 2, tailing off after one week at about 44 posts tagged with biodiversity.
  • Twitter: nuts (‘biodiversity’) for first 48hrs, still mentions of ‘biodiversity + tropical’ every hour. See storify for sample. Will be interesting to count the number of institutions tweeting. 102 institutions tweeted according to analysis by Environment Institute staff.
  • My blog post 82 hits
  • Corey’s blog post 382 hits

I am trying to keep up with the online media response to this paper in this growing list.

A tiny portion of the twitter fire-hose in this storify archive.

Media referencing the University of Adelaide:

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