Measuring and incorporating vulnerability into conservation planning

Wilson, Kerrie, Pressey, Robert L., Newton, Adrian, Burgman, Mark, Possingham, Hugh, and Weston, Chris (2005) Measuring and incorporating vulnerability into conservation planning. Environmental Management, 35 (5). pp. 527-543.

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Abstract

Conservation planning is the process of locating and designing conservation areas to promote the persistence of biodiversity in situ. To do this, conservation areas must be able to mitigate at least some of the proximate threats to biodiversity. Information on threatening processes and the relative vulnerability of areas and natural features to these processes is therefore crucial for effective conservation planning. However, measuring and incorporating vulnerability into conservation planning have been problematic. We develop a conceptual framework of the role of vulnerability assessments in conservation planning and propose a definition of vulnerability that incorporates three dimensions: exposure, intensity, and impact. We review and categorise methods for assessing the vulnerability of areas and the features they contain and identify the relative strengths and weaknesses of each broad approach, Our review highlights the need for further development and evaluation of approaches to assess vulnerability and for comparisons of their relative effectiveness.

Item ID: 10205
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: conservation planning, vulnerability, reserve design, threats, uncertainty
ISSN: 1432-1009
Date Deposited: 12 May 2010 00:08
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960605 Institutional Arrangements for Environmental Protection @ 100%
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