Exploring the Impact of Political Regimes on Biodiversity
13 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2020
Date Written: March 26, 2020
National governments are the main actors responsible for mapping and protecting their biodiversity, but countries differ in their capacity, willingness, and effectiveness to do so. We quantify the global biodiversity managed by different regime types and developed a tool to explore the links between level of democracy and other key socio-economic variables with the number of natural history specimens registered within country boundaries. Using this tool, distinct and previously unknown patterns emerge around the world, that urge for increased collaboration between the natural and social sciences to further explore these patterns and their underlying processes.
Keywords: Autocracy, Biodiversity, Democracy, Regime type, Specimen collection
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