Is international conservation aid enough?

Law, Elizabeth A. (2016) Is international conservation aid enough?. Environmental Research Letters, 11 2: . doi:10.1088/1748-9326/11/2/021001

Author Law, Elizabeth A.
Title Is international conservation aid enough?
Journal name Environmental Research Letters   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1748-9326
Publication date 2016-02-04
Year available 2016
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1088/1748-9326/11/2/021001
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 11
Issue 2
Total pages 3
Place of publication Bristol, United Kingdom
Publisher Institute of Physics Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Bare et al (2015 Environ. Res. Lett. 10 125010) ask an important question: is international conservation enough? Since the 1990's international conservation donors have spent over $3.4 billion on biodiversity conservation related projects in sub-Saharan Africa. Both donors and recipients have a right to know if this is effective. Surprisingly, this question is rarely asked. It is a difficult question—involving many rival social, environmental, and economic explanations. Bare, Kauffman and Miller uncover some interesting associations, supporting existing hypotheses and proposing their own: that conservation aid alone is insufficient to mitigate drivers of deforestation (and in some cases may even exacerbate forest loss). This controversial result warrants further investigation—but what is needed now is nuance and robustness in further analyses, to have more confidence in the critique and it's implications for international conservation aid.
Keyword Biodiversity conservation
Causal inference
Impact assessment
Policy evaluation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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