LazyG OP t1_iuwnxc1 wrote

I think you are taking a limited view of rangers and protected areas. This is globally, and outside of the first world ranger means less park tourism guide than practical worker to secure global biodiversity and prevent species loss.

If you read the paper linked it indicates that we are globally and serially understaffing protected area management which is a big deal. Apart from maybe losing iconic big and famous species, protected areas also offer incredibly valuable ecosystem services which contribute to e.g. us having clean water and sufficient oxygen.


LazyG OP t1_iuw3zyw wrote

Quote in title is from accompanying Nature Sustainability blog

First estimate of number of protected areas staff (555k, includes all admin and related staff) and ranger (286k) in 20 years, showing systemic under-resourcing in protected areas management.