Raising the bar for systematic conservation planning

Langford, William T., Gordon, Ascelin, Bastin, Lucy, Bekessy, Sarah A., White, Matt D. and Newell, Graeme (2011). Raising the bar for systematic conservation planning. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 26 (12), pp. 634-640.

Abstract

Mathematical methods in systematic conservation planning (SCP) represent a significant step toward cost-effective, transparent allocation of resources for biodiversity conservation. However, research demonstrates important consequences of uncertainties in SCP. Current research often relies on simplified case studies with unknown forms and amounts of uncertainty and low statistical power for generalizing results. Consequently, conservation managers have little evidence for the true performance of conservation planning methods in their own complex, uncertain applications. SCP needs to build evidence for predictive models of error and robustness to multiple, simultaneous uncertainties across a wide range of problems of known complexity. Only then can we determine true performance rather than how a method appears to perform on data with unknown uncertainty.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2011.08.001
Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Computer Science
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Sustainable environment research group
Additional Information: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Trends in Ecology and Evolution. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Langford, William T.; Gordon, Ascelin; Bastin, Lucy; Bekessy, Sarah A.; White, Matt D. and Newell, Graeme. Raising the bar for systematic conservation planning. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 26, 12 (2011). DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2011.08.001
Uncontrolled Keywords: systematic conservation planning,SCP,biodiversity conservation,resource alocation,performance,conservation planning methods,Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
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Published Date: 2011-12
Authors: Langford, William T.
Gordon, Ascelin
Bastin, Lucy ( 0000-0003-1321-0800)
Bekessy, Sarah A.
White, Matt D.
Newell, Graeme

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