Conservation funding can mitigate biodiversity loss if those finances are invested wisely, and a newly designed model aims to help governments accomplish this goal over time. Authors of a new study designed an evidence-based model to help predict the impact of conservation funding on biodiversity loss in 109 countries. Their data revealed that, in the period between 1993 and 2003, targeted funding reduced biodiversity loss by an average of 29% per country. Study authors suggest that this number can be improved using their model, by forecasting the future human development pressures and planning conservation budgets accordingly.


Anthony Waldron, Daniel C. Miller, Dave Redding, Arne Mooers, Tyler S. Kuhn, Nate Nibbelink, J. Timmons Roberts, Joseph A. Tobias & John L. Gittleman

Corresponding author:

Anthony Waldron, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, Email:

Canadian author: 

Arne Mooers, Biology Department, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Email:

Original paper published in Nature on October 25, 2017.