People transporting gasoline by boat in Indonesia’s Kayan Mentarang National Park. ESCapade/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SAIn the 146 years since Yellowstone National Park in the northwestern
United States became the world’s first protected area, nations around the world have created more than 200,000 terrestrial nature reserves. Together they cover more than 20 million km², or almost 15% of the planet’s land surface – an area bigger than South America.
Governments establish protected areas so that plants and animals can live without human pressures that might otherwise drive them towards extinction. These are special places, gifts to future generations and all non-human life …read more
Source: The Conversation