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Global study: PAs slow, but don't stop, deforestation; CBD targets should account for effectiveness

As Earth continues to lose forests and biodiversity, many have called for an expansion of protected areas. But protected status is not a silver bullet.

Designating land as a protected area (PA) reduces, but does not stop, deforestation, according to a study published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, which found that rates of deforestation are 41% lower in PAs compared to non-PAs.

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