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David Kleijn, Imad Cherkaoui, Paul W. Goedhart, Jasper van der Hout and Dennis Lammertsma Waterbirds increase more rapidly in Ramsar-designated wetlands than in unprotected wetlands Journal of Applied Ecology 51

Article first published online: 9 JAN 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12193

This study demonstrates a powerful approach to systematically evaluating biodiversity responses to major international conservation policies. The results highlight that data on management and habitat quality are critical for reaching general conclusions about the effectiveness of conservation instruments. Site managers or conservation authorities should be encouraged to collect standardized data on conservation actions to help interpret the mechanisms behind population responses and thus extrapolate findings beyond the study system. These findings represent a first small step towards unravelling the contribution of international conservation tools towards global policy objectives of halting the biodiversity decline.

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