Budget cuts & disintegration of tourism revenue cause severe danger to nature

 Monday, March 15, 2021 


As per a recent research, during the Covid-19 pandemic, reduction in the number of jobs in nature reserves and environmental rollbacks by governments could weaken worldwide initiation in conserving biodiversity and manage climate crisis.

Budget cuts and a fall down in the revenue of ecotourism have compelled national parks and conservation organizations to reduce staffs and lessen anti-poaching patrol activities, with continents like Asia and Africa affected brutally

During the pandemic, Brazil, India and the US have emerged as the “hotspots” for cuts to environmental protections, with all three among many other countries considering proposals to allow mining and fossil fuel extraction in protected areas.

In the report, instances were included are proposals by the Brazilian government to permit mining and fossil fuel extraction in indigenous reserves. A new permit in Russia allows deforestation in natural areas for transport and infrastructure, and plans to explore and drill for oil and gas in the US Arctic.

In a series of research papers published, these findings have come up in a special issue of the journal Parks by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which seeks out to know the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic on the environment.

To quote Brent Mitchell, co-editor of the journal, “What we learnt from our 150 contributors is this: if the shock of Covid-19 is not enough to make humanity wake up to the suicidal consequences of the destructive course of much misguided development, with its onslaught on nature, then it is hard to see how further calamities – far worse than the current pandemic – can be avoided.”

His comments resonate those of the UN secretary general, António Guterres, who has warned: “Humanity is waging war on nature. This is suicidal.”

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