17 thousand regions examined: It can prevent mass extinction


Lerato Khumalo

In the research published in the journal “Frontiers in Science”, regions where rare plant and animal species are concentrated were examined.

In the research, 17 thousand regions that host rare plant and animal species, which correspond to approximately 1.2 percent of the world’s land, but are not yet under protection, were discussed.

It was determined that the protection of these areas of approximately 164 million hectares could prevent the extinction of the species in question.

The study stated that the destruction of protected areas accelerates the extinction of species and that these areas should be the top priority of governments.

In the research, it was stated that more than 80 percent of the areas in question are located in only 30 countries, while approximately 72 percent of them are located in 10 countries.

Noting that vulnerable areas are concentrated in “very small areas,” one of the researchers, Dr. Eric Dinerstein, drew attention to the fact that “targeting these areas for urgent protection” is critical to preventing mass extinction.

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