Social equity and the probability of success of biodiversity conservation

Klein, Carissa, McKinnon, Madeleine C., Wright, Becky Twohey, Possingham, Hugh P. and Halpern, Benjamin S. (2015) Social equity and the probability of success of biodiversity conservation. Global Environmental Change, 35 299-306. doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2015.09.007

Author Klein, Carissa
McKinnon, Madeleine C.
Wright, Becky Twohey
Possingham, Hugh P.
Halpern, Benjamin S.
Title Social equity and the probability of success of biodiversity conservation
Journal name Global Environmental Change   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0959-3780
Publication date 2015-11-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2015.09.007
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 35
Start page 299
End page 306
Total pages 8
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Conservation actions generally benefit some groups more than others, and this inequity is thought to affect the probability of achieving conservation objectives. This has led to the common assumption that triple bottom line solutions – those that are effective, efficient, and equitable – are best and most likely to achieve each individual objective. Although this may be true, it has been little tested, and importantly lacks a conceptual foundation for understanding, predicting and evaluating how equity affects conservation outcomes. We describe types of equity relevant to conservation and explore how they may affect the probability of successfully achieving conservation outcomes. Depending on the equity type and context, the relationship between equity and conservation success varies. We find that the best conservation outcome is often achieved without perfect equity; highlighting the risk of ignoring the relationship between equity and success. We offer a conceptual foundation for better addressing this important issue in future research and application.
Keyword Benefits
Conservation planning
Triple bottom line
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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