Measuring and multiplying our conservation effort

Spindler, Rebecca, Banks, Chris, Foster, Wendy, Possingham, Hugh, West, Chris, Gipps, Jo, Dickie, Leslie, Dick, Gerald and Byers, Onnie (2009). Measuring and multiplying our conservation effort. In: 2009 ARAZPA Conference Proceedings. Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria (ARAZPA) Conference, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, (1-6). 22-26 March 2009.

Author Spindler, Rebecca
Banks, Chris
Foster, Wendy
Possingham, Hugh
West, Chris
Gipps, Jo
Dickie, Leslie
Dick, Gerald
Byers, Onnie
Title of paper Measuring and multiplying our conservation effort
Conference name Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria (ARAZPA) Conference
Conference location Gold Coast, QLD, Australia
Conference dates 22-26 March 2009
Convener Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria
Proceedings title 2009 ARAZPA Conference Proceedings
Place of Publication Sydney, Australia
Publisher Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
Start page 1
End page 6
Total pages 6
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
IUCN’s Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG) and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) have developed a tool containing criteria by which field conservation projects could be prioritised. These criteria outline the key questions institutions or associations should use to interrogate a proposal or project summary to assess the conservation benefits, the chance of success and the institutional specific benefits and risks. It is hoped that zoos around the world will use this standardised format for project assessment. The criteria have been applied at Taronga Conservation Society Australia to assist with a) project selection for funding and b) assessment of conservation impact of completed studies. Further assessment of the process has lead to clarification of the criteria and important aspects of the process that improve project quality and measurability of conservation impact. Factors that streamlined the application and selection processes include; 1) project criteria that are unambiguous and specific, preferably with examples to ensure all applicants and assessors are clear on the objective of the question; 2) conservation significance must not be confused with probability of success; 3) conservation significance and probability of success must be multiplied not added to gain a value for anticipated conservation benefit and 4) institution specific criteria used to decide the merit of projects should also be published to facilitate full inclusion of necessary information. The latest edition of this tool will be presented and available for distribution to all interested institutions.
Subjects E1
9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management
050205 Environmental Management
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Presented as "Multiplying Field Conservation Efforts"

 
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