Top 5 Digests of 2018

How can marine protected area networks be better designed? (January 30)

Three studies address the challenges in creating well-designed and well-connected marine protected areas, and provide guidance for practitioners looking to create or update designs.


How well designed for connectivity are protected area systems around the globe? (January 26)

New research produced a global assessment of the connectivity of the protected area systems at the country level, showing that of the global land area, only 7.5% is protected and connected, and only a third of countries meet Aichi Target 11 of having 17% of land covered by well-connected protected areas.


Visualizing corridors and connectivity in maps (June 29)

Six visually striking maps showcase the creative ways to translate animal movement and landscape structure into a great, informative graphic.


Technical guides for planning, designing, and implementing connectivity (August 28)

Our table of technical guides provides details and recommendations on keeping landscapes connected – from figuring out where to start, to determining the next steps once you’re finished.


Suggestions for turning habitat connectivity on paper into reality (October 10)

A new study summarized the lessons learned from numerous groups that have tried to implement connectivity projects, with one key message: it’s not just the science that matters.

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About the Author:

Heather Cayton
Heather Cayton is the Managing Director of and a Research Assistant at Michigan State University. She received her B.S. from the University of Virginia and her M.S. from Virginia Tech, and has spent the past ten years studying corridors and rare butterflies in North Carolina.