Is conservation triage just smart decision making?

Bottrill, Madeleine C., Joseph, Liana N., Carwardine, Josie, Bode, Michael, Cook, Carly, Game, Edward T., Grantham, Hedley, Kark, Salit, Linke, Simon, McDonald-Madden, Eve, Pressey, Robert L., Walker, Susan, Wilson, Kerrie A. and Possingham, Hugh P. (2008) Is conservation triage just smart decision making?. Trends In Ecology & Evolution, 23 12: 649-654. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2008.07.007

Author Bottrill, Madeleine C.
Joseph, Liana N.
Carwardine, Josie
Bode, Michael
Cook, Carly
Game, Edward T.
Grantham, Hedley
Kark, Salit
Linke, Simon
McDonald-Madden, Eve
Pressey, Robert L.
Walker, Susan
Wilson, Kerrie A.
Possingham, Hugh P.
Title Is conservation triage just smart decision making?
Journal name Trends In Ecology & Evolution   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1872-8383
Publication date 2008-12-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.tree.2008.07.007
Open Access Status
Volume 23
Issue 12
Start page 649
End page 654
Total pages 6
Place of publication Cambridge, England
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 0502 Environmental Science and Management
050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
050205 Environmental Management
050209 Natural Resource Management
Abstract Conservation efforts and emergency medicine face comparable problems: how to use scarce resources wisely to conserve valuable assets. In both fields, the process of prioritising actions is known as triage. Although often used implicitly by conservation managers, scientists and policymakers, triage has been misinterpreted as the process of simply deciding which assets (e.g. species, habitats) will not receive investment. As a consequence, triage is sometimes associated with a defeatist conservation ethic. However, triage is no more than the efficient allocation of conservation resources and we risk wasting scarce resources if we do not follow its basic principles.
Keyword Biodiversity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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