Is conservation triage just smart decision making?

Bottrill, Madeleine C., Joseph, Liana N., Carwardine, Josie, Bode, Michael, Cook, Carly, Game, Edward T., Grantham, Hedley, Kark, Salit, Linke, Simon, McDonald-Madden, Eve, Pressey, Robert L., Walker, Susan, Wilson, Kerrie A., and Possingham, Hugh (2008) Is conservation triage just smart decision making? Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 23 (12). pp. 649-654.

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Abstract

Conservation efforts and emergency medicine face comparable problems: how to use scarce resources wisely to conserve valuable assets. In both fields, the process of prioritising actions is known as triage. Although often used implicitly by conservation managers, scientists and policymakers, triage has been misinterpreted as the process of simply deciding which assets (e.g. species, habitats) will not receive investment. As a consequence, triage is sometimes associated with a defeatist conservation ethic. However, triage is no more than the efficient allocation of conservation resources and we risk wasting scarce resources if we do not follow its basic principles.

Item ID: 7228
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: conservation; extintion; management
ISSN: 1872-8383
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2010 00:30
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 60%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 40%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960699 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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