Prioritizing threat management for biodiversity conservation

Carwardine, Josie, O'Connor, Trudy, Legge, Sarah, Mackey, Brendan, Possingham, Hugh P. and Martin, Tara G. (2012) Prioritizing threat management for biodiversity conservation. Conservation Letters, 5 3: 196-204. doi:10.1111/j.1755-263X.2012.00228.x

Author Carwardine, Josie
O'Connor, Trudy
Legge, Sarah
Mackey, Brendan
Possingham, Hugh P.
Martin, Tara G.
Title Prioritizing threat management for biodiversity conservation
Journal name Conservation Letters   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1755-263X
Publication date 2012-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2012.00228.x
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 5
Issue 3
Start page 196
End page 204
Total pages 9
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Calls for threat management actions to protect biodiversity and restore ecosystem function are rarely coupled with costed and prioritized sets of management actions for use in decision making. We present a cost-effectiveness approach for prioritizing threat management to maximize the in situ protection of biodiversity per dollar spent. The approach draws on empirical data and expert knowledge of major threats to biodiversity, feasible threat management actions, and likely responses of biodiversity to a set of costed management scenarios. An application assessing 637 vertebrate wildlife species in the Kimberley region of north-western Australia suggests that the likely functional loss of 45 mammals, birds, and reptiles over the next 20 years can be averted by effectively managing fire, grazing, and invasive species for approximately AU$40 million per year. Our approach is flexible and may be useful for delivering transparent guidance for conserving species and ecosystems in other regions, including those where data is limited.
Keyword Conservation planning
Cost-effectiveness analysis
Decision theory
Priority setting
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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