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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Primate Research and Conservation
Author(s): Reuter, Kim
Andriantsaralaza, Seheno
Friis Hansen, Malene
LaFleur, Marni
Jerusalinsky, Leandro
Louis, Edward E
Ratzimbazafy, Jonah
Williamson, Elizabeth
Mittermeier, Russell A
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Keywords: primates
novel coronavirus
Issue Date: May-2022
Date Deposited: 9-May-2022
Citation: Reuter K, Andriantsaralaza S, Friis Hansen M, LaFleur M, Jerusalinsky L, Louis EE, Ratzimbazafy J, Williamson E & Mittermeier RA (2022) Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Primate Research and Conservation. Animals, 12 (9), Art. No.: 1214.
Abstract: There is evidence to suggest that the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic may hamper our achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Here, we use non-human primates as a case study to examine the impacts of COVID-19 on the ability to achieve biodiversity conservation and management sustainability targets. We collected data through a survey of members of the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group from January to March 2022. Of the 93 experts that responded to our survey, we found that 39% had not been able to visit any of their field sites since March 2020, 54% said they had less funding available for their primate-related work, and only one out of ten said they had managed to achieve at least 76–100% of their planned primate-related work since March 2020. Six out of 10 respondents (61%) felt that primate conservation efforts in protected areas were worse than before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and one-third (33%) felt hunting was happening more frequently than before. This study provides evidence of the impacts of COVID-19 on progress towards achieving the SDGs, and provides practical lessons learned for biodiversity conservation efforts moving forward.
DOI Link: 10.3390/ani12091214
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