Local environmental protection measures can be harmful to another ecosystem

2017/06/28 Elhuyar Zientzia Iturria: Elhuyar aldizkaria

Protecting European forests can lead to increased deforestation in rainforests. Ed. Information

Environmental measures taken in one place may be harmful to other distant places. These damages should therefore be taken into account when proposing local measures. Experts in climate change research, such as Unai Pascual and Eneko Garmendia from the climate change research centre BC3, have reached these conclusions.

In fact, together with other international researchers, they have analyzed these external pressures that occur as a result of the protection of local ecosystems and have published their results and conclusions in the journal Environmental Research Letters.

According to BC3 researchers, there are many occasions when there are cases such as pressure on fishing in African waters and deforestation in tropical forests to recover populations of European fish and forests. In addition, the population of the area also suffers its consequences.

The study has shown that these distant adverse effects are not taken into account when implementing local policies, which jeopardizes sustainable development goals. Thus, ways have been suggested for both scientists and decision makers to take into account the distant consequences, according to Pascual, following the idea of “thinking globally and acting in the place”.

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