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The Impact of Systematic Conservation Planning

McIntosh, Emma J., Pressey, Robert L., Lloyd, Samuel, Smith, Robert J., Grenyer, Richard (2017) The Impact of Systematic Conservation Planning. Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 42 (1). pp. 677-697. ISSN 1543-5938. E-ISSN 1545-2050. (doi:10.1146/annurev-environ-102016-060902) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:63239)

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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 Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1146/annurev-environ-102016-060902
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Bob Smith
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2017 15:23 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:48 UTC
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