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Management costs for small protected areas and economies of scale in habitat conservation

Armsworth, Paul R., Cantu-Salazar, Lisette, Parnell, Mark, Davies, Zoe G., Stoneman, Rob (2011) Management costs for small protected areas and economies of scale in habitat conservation. Biological Conservation, 144 (1). pp. 423-429. ISSN 0006-3207. (doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2010.09.026) (KAR id:28297)

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Protected area management must be resourced adequately to achieve its conservation objectives. The variability in management costs across candidate sites for protection therefore should inform conservation planning. For example, when considering whether to accept a donation of a property, a conservation organisation must determine whether an adequate endowment is available to fund future management activities. We examine variation in management costs across 78 small protected areas in the UK that are

economies of scale; implementing conservation management on an additional hectare adjacent to a larger protected area would incur a lower cost than doing the same adjacent to a smaller site. In evidencing this effect of site area, we avoid problems of spurious correlation that confound previous studies. Protected areas that encompass a greater richness of priority habitats for conservation also require more expensive management. Conservation organisations may have little option but to create small protected areas to conserve biodiversity in highly fragmented landscapes, but the decision to do so should take account of the greater cost burden that small protected areas incur.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.biocon.2010.09.026
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Zoe Davies
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2011 15:18 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 12:39 UTC
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