The curses to decision making in conservation

McDonald-Madden, Eve (2008) The curses to decision making in conservation. Decision Point, 16 6-7. doi:10.1111/cobi.13008

Author McDonald-Madden, Eve
Title The curses to decision making in conservation
Journal name Decision Point   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1523-1739
Publication date 2008-02-28
Sub-type Letter to editor, brief commentary or brief communication
DOI 10.1111/cobi.13008
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 16
Start page 6
End page 7
Total pages 2
Language eng
Abstract Conservation decisions increasingly involve multiple environmental and social objectives, which result in complex decision contexts with high potential for trade-offs. Improving social equity is one such objective that is often considered an enabler of successful outcomes and a virtuous ideal in itself. Despite its idealized importance in conservation policy, social equity is often highly simplified or ill-defined and is applied uncritically. What constitutes equitable outcomes and processes is highly normative and subject to ethical deliberation. Different ethical frameworks may lead to different conceptions of equity through alternative perspectives of what is good or right. This can lead to different and potentially conflicting equity objectives in practice. We promote a more transparent, nuanced, and pluralistic conceptualization of equity in conservation decision making that particularly recognizes where multidimensional equity objectives may conflict. To help identify and mitigate ethical conflicts and avoid cases of good intentions producing bad outcomes, we encourage a more analytical incorporation of equity into conservation decision making particularly during mechanistic integration of equity objectives. We recommend that in conservation planning motivations and objectives for equity be made explicit within the problem context, methods used to incorporate equity objectives be applied with respect to stated objectives, and, should objectives dictate, evaluation of equity outcomes and adaptation of strategies be employed during policy implementation This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
Keyword conservation planning
conservation policy
environmental management
ethical pluralism
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Letter to editor, brief commentary or brief communication
Collection: School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
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