Guidelines for using movement science to inform biodiversity policy

Barton, Philip S., Lentini, Pia E., Alacs, Erika, Bau, Sana, Buckley, Yvonne M., Burns, Emma L., Driscoll, Don A., Guja, Lydia K., Kujala, Heini, Lahoz-Monfort, Jose J., Mortelliti, Alessio, Nathan, Ran, Rowe, Ross and Smith, Annabel L. (2015) Guidelines for using movement science to inform biodiversity policy. Environmental Management, 56 4: 791-801. doi:10.1007/s00267-015-0570-5

Author Barton, Philip S.
Lentini, Pia E.
Alacs, Erika
Bau, Sana
Buckley, Yvonne M.
Burns, Emma L.
Driscoll, Don A.
Guja, Lydia K.
Kujala, Heini
Lahoz-Monfort, Jose J.
Mortelliti, Alessio
Nathan, Ran
Rowe, Ross
Smith, Annabel L.
Title Guidelines for using movement science to inform biodiversity policy
Journal name Environmental Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1432-1009
Publication date 2015-10-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s00267-015-0570-5
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 56
Issue 4
Start page 791
End page 801
Total pages 11
Place of publication New York, NY United States
Publisher Springer New York
Language eng
Abstract Substantial advances have been made in our understanding of the movement of species, including processes such as dispersal and migration. This knowledge has the potential to improve decisions about biodiversity policy and management, but it can be difficult for decision makers to readily access and integrate the growing body of movement science. This is, in part, due to a lack of synthesis of information that is sufficiently contextualized for a policy audience. Here, we identify key species movement concepts, including mechanisms, types, and moderators of movement, and review their relevance to (1) national biodiversity policies and strategies, (2) reserve planning and management, (3) threatened species protection and recovery, (4) impact and risk assessments, and (5) the prioritization of restoration actions. Based on the review, and considering recent developments in movement ecology, we provide a new framework that draws links between aspects of movement knowledge that are likely the most relevant to each biodiversity policy category. Our framework also shows that there is substantial opportunity for collaboration between researchers and government decision makers in the use of movement science to promote positive biodiversity outcomes.
Keyword Connectivity
Conservation policy
Impact assessment
Risk assessment
Threatened species
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID DP110101480
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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