Setting conservation priorities

So far in this course we've skirted issues of setting priorities. Today's the day that we start to grapple with them. First, we'll talk about "conservation triage". Having solved that problem, we'll move on to determine what the priorities should be for global conservation.

Other readings

  • A press release from Wiley about the Rudd article (HTML)
  • A debate at the BBC on triage: (HTML)

Online notes

Setting conservation priorities PDF

Associated readings

Hoekstra, J. M., T. M. Boucher, et al. 2005. Confronting a biome crisis: global disparities of habitat loss and protection. Ecology Letters 8:23-29. link

Kareiva, P. and M. Marvier. 2003. Conserving biodiversity coldspots: recent calls to direct conservation funding to the world's biodiversity hotspots may be bad investment advice. American Scientist 91:344-351. link

Myers, N., R. A. Mittermeir, et al. 2000. Biodiversity hotspots for conservation priorities. Nature 403:853-858. link

Olson, D. M., E. Dinerstein, et al. 2001. Terrestrial Ecoregions of the World: A New Map of Life on Earth. BioScience 51:933-938. link

Rudd, M. A. 2011. Scientists' Opinions on the Global Status and Management of Biological Diversity. Conservation Biology 25:1165-1175. link

Sala, O. E., F. S. Chapin, III, et al. 2000. Global Biodiversity Scenarios for the Year 2100. Science 287:1770-1774. link