News from IBE (CSIC-UPF)
New study, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Murcia, on the effectiveness of protected area networks in protecting biodiversity. Researchers used data on bat distributions in peninsular Spain and Balearic Islands to test whether species of Annex II of the Habitats Directive are better represented in the Natura 2000 network than the remaining species. These would be the logical situation since this network was designed to provide protection for the species listed in this Annex. To the scientists' disappointment, they found no differences in the levels of representation of both groups.
Lison F, Sanchez-Fernandez D, and Calvo JF (2015). Are species listed in the Annex II of the Habitats Directive better represented in Natura 2000 network than the remaining species? A test using Spanish bats. Biodiversity and Conservation