Subjective risk assessment for planning conservation projects

Game, Edward T., Fitzsimons, James A., Lipsett-Moore, Geoff and McDonald-Madden, Eve (2013) Subjective risk assessment for planning conservation projects. Environmental Research Letters, 8 4: 045027.1-045027.12. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/8/4/045027

Author Game, Edward T.
Fitzsimons, James A.
Lipsett-Moore, Geoff
McDonald-Madden, Eve
Title Subjective risk assessment for planning conservation projects
Journal name Environmental Research Letters   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1748-9326
Publication date 2013-11-25
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1088/1748-9326/8/4/045027
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 8
Issue 4
Start page 045027.1
End page 045027.12
Total pages 12
Place of publication Temple Way, Bristol, United Kingdom
Publisher Institute of Physics Publishing
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Conservation projects occur under many types of uncertainty. Where this uncertainty can affect achievement of a project's objectives, there is risk. Understanding risks to project success should influence a range of strategic and tactical decisions in conservation, and yet, formal risk assessment rarely features in the guidance or practice of conservation planning. We describe how subjective risk analysis tools can be framed to facilitate the rapid identification and assessment of risks to conservation projects, and how this information should influence conservation planning. Our approach is illustrated with an assessment of risks to conservation success as part of a conservation plan for the work of The Nature Conservancy in northern Australia. Risks can be both internal and external to a project, and occur across environmental, social, economic and political systems. Based on the relative importance of a risk and the level of certainty in its assessment we propose a series of appropriate, project level responses including research, monitoring, and active amelioration. Explicit identification, prioritization, and where possible, management of risks are important elements of using conservation resources in an informed and accountable manner.
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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