Affluent countries contribute less to wildlife conservation than the rest of the world
Photograph courtesy of: © Denis Delestrac
A new research collaboration has found that poorer countries tend to take a more active approach to biodiversity protection than richer nations.
Despite facing a number of domestic challenges, such as poverty and political instability in many parts of the continent, Africa was found to prioritise wildlife preservation, and contribute more to conservation than any other region of the world.
African countries made up four of the five top-performing mega-fauna conservation nations, with Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe topping the list. By contrast, the United States ranked nineteenth out of the twenty performing countries. Approximately one-quarter of countries in Asia and Europe were identified as significantly underperforming in their commitment to mega-fauna conservation…