Interview: Preserving Species by Protecting Habitats with Dr. Varsha Vijay
Protecting habitats is essential to the preservation of species, and as such, conservationists stress the importance of not only maintaining, but expanding, what are known as protected areas. However, at the same time, there is an increasing demand for food production. As cropland is responsible for widespread habitat loss, this presents an increasingly urgent issue, especially in areas with both high biodiversity and high food insecurity. To address this problem, Dr. Varsha Vijay, who is a former SESYNC postdoctoral fellow, and her colleagues published a paper in the journal: The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, entitled: “Pervasive cropland in protected areas highlight trade-offs between conservation and food security.”
Check out the full audio interview where we discuss their findings and how they envision this new information can be used to help ensure the long-term efficacy of protected areas in meeting both ecological and socio-economic goals of conservation.
A full transcript of this interview is also available.