Implications of current ecological thinking for biodiversity conservation: A review of the salient issues

Wallington, T. J., Hobbs, R. J. and Moore, S. A. (2005) Implications of current ecological thinking for biodiversity conservation: A review of the salient issues. Ecology And Society, 10 1: 15-1-15-15.

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Author Wallington, T. J.
Hobbs, R. J.
Moore, S. A.
Title Implications of current ecological thinking for biodiversity conservation: A review of the salient issues
Journal name Ecology And Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1708-3087
Publication date 2005-01-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 10
Issue 1
Start page 15-1
End page 15-15
Total pages 16
Place of publication Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Publisher Resilience Alliance
Language eng
Subject 160507 Environment Policy
Abstract Given escalating concern worldwide about the loss of biodiversity, and given biodiversity's centrality to quality of life, it is imperative that current ecological knowledge fully informs societal decision making. Over the past two decades, ecological science has undergone many significant shifts in emphasis and perspective, which have important implications for how we manage ecosystems and species. In particular, a shift has occurred from the equilibrium paradigm to one that recognizes the dynamic, non-equilibrium nature of ecosystems. Revised thinking about the spatial and temporal dynamics of ecological systems has important implications for management. Thus, it is of growing concern to ecologists and others that these recent developments have not been translated into information useful to managers and policy makers. Many conservation policies and plans are still based on equilibrium assumptions. A fundamental difficulty with integrating current ecological thinking into biodiversity policy and management planning is that field observations have yet to provide compelling evidence for many of the relationships suggested by non-equilibrium ecology. Yet despite this scientific uncertainty, management and policy decisions must still be made. This paper was motivated by the need for considered scientific debate on the significance of current ideas in theoretical ecology for biodiversity conservation. This paper aims to provide a platform for such discussion by presenting a critical synthesis of recent ecological literature that (1) identifies core issues in ecological theory, and (2) explores the implications of current ecological thinking for biodiversity conservation.
Keyword Ecology
Biodiversity Conservation
Disturbance
Ecosystem Management
Non-equilibrium Ecology
Spatial Dynamics
Q-Index Code C1
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