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July 17, 2024

A new article in Royal Society Open Science synthesizes conceptual tools explaining resource and land-use frontiers, including theories of land rent and agglomeration economies, of frontiers as successive waves, spaces of territorialization, friction and opportunities, anticipation and expectation. The authors then propose a new theory of frontier emergence, which identifies exogenous pushes, legacies of past waves and actors’ anticipations as key mechanisms by which frontiers emerge. 

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June 24, 2024

Inadequate recognition and tracking of existing area-based conservation pose challenges to global commitments of conserving 30% of the Earth by 2030. The authors of a new perspective in One Earth propose and test an inclusive, empirically grounded approach of documenting area-based conservation governance systems. Their inventory reveals greater coverage and diversity of conservation governance systems than previously recorded, in the Amazonian countries and globally. They provide guidelines for researchers, governments, non-state actors, and donors to adopt such inventories as a fundamental step towards fulfilling biodiversity commitments.

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December 5, 2023

A new study in Biological Conservation examines records of international conservation funding to South American major deforestation regions, which reveals a shift towards prioritizing remote areas with high carbon storage over those with high species richness, a strong interest in the Amazon, and varied interests of bilateral donors comparing to multilateral donors. 

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