Prioritization of marine turtle management projects: a protocol that accounts for threats to different life history stages

Klein, Carissa J., Beher, Jutta, Chaloupka, Milani, Hamann, Mark, Limpus, Colin, and Possingham, Hugh P. (2017) Prioritization of marine turtle management projects: a protocol that accounts for threats to different life history stages. Conservation Letters, 10 (5). pp. 547-554.

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Abstract

Project prioritization protocols are an important tool for allocating conservation resources efficiently, and have been applied to a range of species and ecosystems. Current approaches are inadequate when applied to species with distinct threats impacting different and/or multiple life history stages, such as sea turtles. We develop a model that integrates the benefit of any management project on a population by way of its expected population growth rate, including projects targeting different and/or multiple life history stages. To illustrate its utility, we prioritize projects for investment relevant to Australia's eastern population of Flatback turtle (Natator depressus). We rely upon expert-elicitation to estimate individual benefit parameters, feasibility, and cost, and calculate the cost-effectiveness of each project. The most cost-effective project was not the most feasible, cheapest, or most beneficial. Our approach will help managers make efficient decisions that account for the full range of threats operating on a population.

Item ID: 51605
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1755-263X
Keywords: conservation, cost-effectiveness, flatback turtle, Great Barrier Reef, land-sea planning, life history, marine turtles, prioritization, return on investment
Funders: University of Queensland (UQ), Laureate Fellowship, Australian Research Council (ARC), World Wildlife Fund - Australia (WWF)
Projects and Grants: UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, ARC Discovery Grant DP110102153, WWF research grant
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2017 07:35
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960799 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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