Vanessa Hull co-authored a new paper led by Jingjing Zhang in Biological Conservation on the spatial overlap between ecosystem services and giant panda habitat in China. The study showed a poor representation of ecosystem services in current protected areas for giant pandas and proposed revisions to the network that would better conserve both pandas and ecosystem services.
Vanessa Hull co-authored a paper led by Jianguo Liu in this month's issue of Nature Sustainability. The paper explores intersections between food, water, and energy in global sustainability challenges. Read more about it here.
Martial Kiki (PhD Student at UF) co-organized a Children's Bushcamp in "W" National Park in Benin in June of 2018. In a project supported by WildCRU of Oxford University, around 140 local children between ages 8-10 were invited to attend a sleepover camp at the park for 5 days and learn about topics such as plant ecology, wildlife conservation, and ecosystem management. The project is the first of its kind in this region, an area that is an important stronghold for the West African population of African lions and many other rare species, but also one subject to increasing pressures and degradation from human impacts. The project was a great success with local children expressing joy about learning new information about the natural world around them and the importance of protecting it.