The study’s lead author, Judith Ament, said the research indicates that economic progress need not come at the expense of conservation.

The study by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and University College London compared bird and mammal populations in 33 countries against their wider socio-economic trends over the last 20 years.

Also increased internet use and cellular subscriptions correlated with conservation of wildlife. Also gender parity in Parliament has a positive effect.

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