Better SAFE than sorry

Bradshaw, Corey J.A., Clements, Gopalasamy Reuben, Laurance, William F., and Brook, Barry W. (2011) Better SAFE than sorry. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 9 (9). pp. 487-488.

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[Extract] We welcome the debate that our proposed species' ability to forestall extinction (SAFE) index (Front Ecol Environ 2011; 9[9]: 521–525, this issue) has attracted from our peers (see previous letters by Akçakaya et al., Beissinger et al., and McCarthy et al.), because it has further emphasized the need for a more heuristic measure of species extinction threat. The main points of contention can be summarized as follows: (1) SAFE merely echoes the existing IUCN Red List categorization and is therefore redundant; (2) SAFE should not be proffered as a replacement for the Red List; (3) SAFE simplifies mathematically to a measure of a species' abundance and therefore provides no additional risk information; and (4) minimum viable population (MVP) size, on which SAFE is based, is species-specific and so a threshold abundance applied to all species cannot be used. We outline below why each of these arguments is unsupported.

Item ID: 19642
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1540-9309
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2012 23:09
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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