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Researchers from the Zoological Society of London and UCL have found a clear link between economic development and improved biodiversity.
The boffins compared bird and mammal populations with socioeconomic trends in 33 low and middle-income countries. They found positive relationships between economic growth and wildlife abundance: "The richer the people, the safer the biodiversity."
Dr - Chris - Carbone - Research - Fellow
Dr Chris Carbone, senior research fellow at ZSL's Institute of Zoology, said: "This paper provides the first empirical evidence that simultaneous progress for both international development and conservation is possible and, should further research uphold our findings, could revolutionise UN target setting in the future.
"This is consistent with other studies that have shown how humans compete with animals for space and resources and if more people are concentrated in one place, more areas are open to wildlife. It wasn't all good news though and we did find that aspects of human development had a negative impact on some species. Numbers of water-birds, for example, fell as wider water sanitation and treatment processes were...
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