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Type of publication: Journal Article
Type of document: Full Paper

Year: 2016

Authors: Linnell, JD; Trouwborst, A; Boitani, L; Kaczensky, P; Huber, D; Reljic, S; Kusak, J; Majic, A; Skrbinsek, T; Potocnik, H; Hayward, MW; Milner-Gulland, EJ; Buuveibaatar, B; Olson, KA; Badamjav, L; Bischof, R; Zuther, S; Breitenmoser, U

Title: Border Security Fencing and Wildlife: The End of the Transboundary Paradigm in Eurasia?

Source: PLoS Biol. 2016; 14(6):e1002483



Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Kaczensky Petra

Vetmed Research Units
Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology, Conservation Medicine


Abstract:
The ongoing refugee crisis in Europe has seen many countries rush to construct border security fencing to divert or control the flow of people. This follows a trend of border fence construction across Eurasia during the post-9/11 era. This development has gone largely unnoticed by conservation biologists during an era in which, ironically, transboundary cooperation has emerged as a conservation paradigm. These fences represent a major threat to wildlife because they can cause mortality, obstruct access to seasonally important resources, and reduce effective population size. We summarise the extent of the issue and propose concrete mitigation measures.

Keywords Pubmed: Afghanistanethnology
Africa, Northernethnology
Animal Migrationphysiology
Animals
Animals, Wildphysiology
Asia
China
Conservation of Natural Resourcesmethodstrends
Europe
Geography
Humans
Iraqethnology
Mongolia
Population Dynamics
Refugees
Seasons
Syriaethnology

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