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News article26 May 20171 min read

Environmental heritage paper honoured with international award

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An international study warning of how World Heritage Sites are being damaged by human activities, of which the JRC was a co-author, has won a prestigious international award for scientific publishing.

The article, “Recent increases in human pressure and forest loss threaten many Natural World Heritage Sites, published in the journal Biological Conservation, has been selected from thousands of recently published articles to be recognised with the Elsevier Atlas Award for February 2017.

Atlas showcases research that could significantly impact people's lives around the world or has already done so. Each month, a single Atlas article is selected from published research from across Elsevier’s 1 800 journals by an external advisory board, in order to bring wider attention to this research and help ensure its successful implementation.

The winning article is hosted on, which is visited by almost three million people each month, and is freely available from ScienceDirect (Elsevier’s full-text article database) to ensure it is accessible to all.

Virginia Prada López, who is an Associate Publisher and the project manager of the Atlas Program for Elsevier, a world-leading publisher and provider of information solutions for science, health, and technology professionals, presented the award to the lead authors at the University of Queensland yesterday.

“This award is a fantastic recognition of the broader relevance of our work. Our analysis should really be used to help national authorities and the international community to better protect, manage and support Natural World Heritage Sites,” says Bastian Bertzky, a scientist at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and Science Adviser for IUCN’s World Heritage Programme. To further increase accessibility and uptake of the study, the results for each site have been made available on a new digital platform.

The study was undertaken by an international team from the University of Queensland, Wildlife Conservation Society, the University of Northern British Columbia, the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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Publication date
26 May 2017