Border Security Fencing and Wildlife: The End of the Transboundary Paradigm in Eurasia?

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Abstract

The ongoing refugee crisis in Europe has seen many countries rush to construct border security fencing to divert or control the flow of people. This follows a trend of border fence construction across Eurasia during the post-9/11 era. This development has gone largely unnoticed by conservation biologists during an era in which, ironically, transboundary cooperation has emerged as a conservation paradigm. These fences represent a major threat to wildlife because they can cause mortality, obstruct access to seasonally important resources, and reduce effective population size. We summarise the extent of the issue and propose concrete mitigation measures.

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Linnell, J. D. C., Trouwborst, A., Boitani, L., Kaczensky, P., Huber, D., Reljic, S., … Breitenmoser, U. (2016). Border Security Fencing and Wildlife: The End of the Transboundary Paradigm in Eurasia? PLoS Biology, 14(6). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.1002483

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