Prioritizing revived species: what are the conservation management implications of de-extinction?

Iacona, Gwenllian, Maloney, Richard F., Chades, Iandine, Bennett, Joseph R., Seddon, Philip J. and Possingham, Hugh P. (2016) Prioritizing revived species: what are the conservation management implications of de-extinction?. Functional Ecology, 1-8. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12720


Author Iacona, Gwenllian
Maloney, Richard F.
Chades, Iandine
Bennett, Joseph R.
Seddon, Philip J.
Possingham, Hugh P.
Title Prioritizing revived species: what are the conservation management implications of de-extinction?
Journal name Functional Ecology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0269-8463
1365-2435
Publication date 2016-08-22
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/1365-2435.12720
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Language eng
Abstract De-extinction technology that brings back extinct species, or variants on extinct species, is becoming a reality with significant implications for biodiversity conservation. If extinction could be reversed there are potential conservation benefits and costs that need to be carefully considered before such action is taken. Here, we use a conservation prioritization framework to identify and discuss some factors that would be important if de-extinction of species for release into the wild were a viable option within an overall conservation strategy. We particularly focus on how de-extinction could influence the choices that a management agency would make with regard to the risks and costs of actions, and how these choices influence other extant species that are managed in the same system. We suggest that a decision science approach will allow for choices that are critical to the implementation of a drastic conservation action, such as de-extinction, to be considered in a deliberate manner while identifying possible perverse consequences.
Keyword Costs
Decision-making
Prioritization
Threatened-species management
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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