Tracking potential impacts of Covid 19 on biodiversity

Submitted by Manager on Fri, 03/19/2021 - 11:00
Assessing the potential vulnerability, responses to and impacts on biodiversity in Countries and Protected Areas of Covid 19 economic crisis
Global
Category
Natural resources management
Description

Since the declaration of Sars-Cov-2 pandemic in March 2020, concerns have roused on the potential impacts on biodiversity and protected areas.  Particularly in developing countries, high impacts were expected in and around protect areas as consequence of both direct and cascade effects, from drop of tourism revenues due to travel banning to consequences of global economic shrinking affecting government and international funding. 

Papers and reports have been published on expected of observed impacts of Sars-Cov-2 pandemic (see for example Lindsey et al. 2020Gaynor et al. 2020, Waithaka et al. 2021). Despite the efforts, homogeneous coverage of geographical and thematic scopes across the globe was not easy to achieve. In the meanwhile a series of survey were carried out to investigate the short and long term impacts on operators (e.g. Spencely 2020), protected areas (WCPA 2020) or more generally on biodiversity (e.g. FZS in preparation). 

We addressed this topic from to two different angles. From a bottom up perspective, we engaged with regional observatories to investigate expected and observed challenges, responses and priorities for interventions at regional level. In parallel, we developed a theoretical indicator of vulnerability to the pandemic crisis (or a similar event) and identified available data for estimating the indicator at country and protected area level. 

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