Mitigation-driven translocations: are we moving wildlife in the right direction?

Germano, Jennifer M., Field, Kimberleigh J., Griffiths, Richard A., Clulow, Simon, Foster, Jim, Harding, Gemma, Swaisgood, Ronald R. (2015) Mitigation-driven translocations: are we moving wildlife in the right direction? Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 13 (2). pp. 100-105. ISSN 1540-9295. (doi:10.1890/140137)

Abstract

Despite rapid growth in the field of reintroduction biology, many lessons learned from scientific research are not being applied to translocations initiated when human land-use conflicts with persistence of a species. Mitigation-driven translocations outnumber and receive better funding than science-based conservation translocations worldwide, yet their conservation benefit is unclear. As mitigation releases are economically motivated, outcomes may diverge greatly from releases designed to serve the biological needs of species. Translocation as a regulatory tool may be ill-fitted to biologically mitigate environmental damage wrought by development. Evidence suggests that many mitigation-driven translocations fail, though application of scientific principles and best-practices could likely increase success. Furthermore, lack of transparency and documentation of outcomes hinder efforts to understand the scope of the problem. If mitigation-driven translocations continue unabated as a part of the growing billion-dollar ecological consulting industry, it is imperative that the scale and effects of these releases are reported and evaluated.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1890/140137
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH541 Ecology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Richard Griffiths
Date Deposited: 31 May 2016 15:31 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:25 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/55730 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Griffiths, Richard A.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5533-1013
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