Minimizing species extinctions through strategic planning for conservation fencing

Ringma, Jeremy L. , Wintle, Brendan, Fuller, Richard A., Fisher, Diana and Bode, Michael (2017) Minimizing species extinctions through strategic planning for conservation fencing. Conservation Biology, 31 5: 1029-1038. doi:10.1111/cobi.12922

Author Ringma, Jeremy L.
Wintle, Brendan
Fuller, Richard A.
Fisher, Diana
Bode, Michael
Title Minimizing species extinctions through strategic planning for conservation fencing
Journal name Conservation Biology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1523-1739
Publication date 2017-07-28
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/cobi.12922
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 31
Issue 5
Start page 1029
End page 1038
Total pages 10
Place of publication Malden, MA, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Abstract Conservation fences are an increasingly common management action, particularly for species threatened by invasive predators. However, unlike many conservation actions, fence networks are expanding in an unsystematic manner, generally as a reaction to local funding opportunities or threats. We conducted a gap analysis of Australia's large predator-exclusion fence network by examining translocation of Australian mammals relative to their extinction risk. To address gaps identified in species representation, we devised a systematic prioritization method for expanding the conservation fence network that explicitly incorporated population viability analysis and minimized expected species’ extinctions. The approach was applied to New South Wales, Australia, where the state government intends to expand the existing conservation fence network. Existing protection of species in fenced areas was highly uneven; 67% of predator-sensitive species were unrepresented in the fence network. Our systematic prioritization yielded substantial efficiencies in that it reduced expected number of species extinctions up to 17 times more effectively than ad hoc approaches. The outcome illustrates the importance of governance in coordinating management action when multiple projects have similar objectives and rely on systematic methods rather than expanding networks opportunistically.
Keyword Invasive alien species
Population viability
Predator exclusion fence
Spatial optimization
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID DE130100572
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 28 July 2017. Article in Press

Document type: Journal Article
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Collection: School of Biological Sciences Publications
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