The impact of systematic conservation planning

McIntosh, Emma J., Pressey, Robert L., Lloyd, Samuel, Smith, Robert J., and Grenyer, Richard (2017) The impact of systematic conservation planning. Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 42. pp. 677-697.

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Systematic conservation planning (SCP) is a rapidly advancing discipline aimed at providing decision support for choices between alternate conservation actions. SCP is often used to inform choices about areas to protect, in order to optimize outcomes for biodiversity while minimizing societal costs. Despite the widespread application of SCP approaches, there is limited understanding of the types of impacts resulting from related projects, and when and where it is most effective. This is compounded by the absence of a standardized approach to evaluating and reporting on the outcomes of SCP projects. We highlight the challenges of undertaking evaluations of complex planning processes, the current state of knowledge about the outcomes of SCP projects, and emerging opportunities to improve evaluation. There is a need for clarity around theories of change, definitions of SCP and impact, and standardized reporting and information sharing across the discipline.

Item ID: 54209
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1545-2050
Keywords: biodiversity conservation, conservation impact evaluation, protected area, reserve design, spatial prioritization, systematic conservation planning
Funders: General Sir John Monash Foundation
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2018 00:22
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410401 Conservation and biodiversity @ 50%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410406 Natural resource management @ 25%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410404 Environmental management @ 25%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960599 Ecosystem Assessment and Management not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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