Are comparative studies of extinction risk useful for conservation?

Cardillo, Marcel and Meijaard, Erik (2012) Are comparative studies of extinction risk useful for conservation?. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 27 3: 167-171. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2011.09.013

Author Cardillo, Marcel
Meijaard, Erik
Title Are comparative studies of extinction risk useful for conservation?
Journal name Trends in Ecology and Evolution   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0169-5347
Publication date 2012-03
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.tree.2011.09.013
Volume 27
Issue 3
Start page 167
End page 171
Total pages 5
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Large-scale, comparative studies of species extinction risk have become common in conservation science, but their influence on conservation practice appears limited. The link between such studies and the practice of conservation breaks down in two key places. First, results of comparative studies are often ambiguous, inconsistent and difficult to translate into policy. Second, conservation as currently practiced emphasizes the rescue and protection of currently threatened biodiversity, whereas comparative studies are often better suited to a proactive approach that anticipates and prevents future species declines. Scientists should make their research more accessible by addressing the first issue. Policymakers and managers, in turn, could make better use of comparative studies by moving towards more preventative approaches to conservation planning.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 23 October 2011. Published under Opinions.

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