A recent working paper by Waldron et al set out plans for conservation of 30% of the planet. We had serious concerns with the proposals and with the composition of the author team. The proposals ignored social science research on the impacts of protected areas, a group dominated by well resourced researchers from the global North set out plans that would primarily affect peoples in the global South, and identified tourism as a means of financing expansion of protected areas. Yet there was no indication that people who would be affected or that their representatives had been consulted. To us the working paper looked like a new model of colonialism. the idea of putting 30% of the planet under protection has gained traction and has some powerful promoters – it sounds nice, it sounds like common sense but it has serious failings and omissions that we point out in our open letter.
Read the full Open Letter here