Risks, decisions and biological conservation
Article first published online: 6 MAY 2013
© Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada 2013. Reproduced with the permission of the Minister of Natural Resources Canada.
Diversity and Distributions
Special Issue: Risks, Decisions, and Biological Conservation
Volume 19, Issue 5-6, pages 485–489, May & June 2013
How to Cite
Burgman, M. A., Yemshanov, D. (2013), Risks, decisions and biological conservation. Diversity and Distributions, 19: 485–489. doi: 10.1111/ddi.12060
- Issue published online: 6 MAY 2013
- Article first published online: 6 MAY 2013
- decision analysis;
- invasive species;
- population viability;
- risk assessment;
- spatial analysis;
- threatened species;
Risk assessments in applied scientific disciplines have evolved somewhat in isolation, adopting conventions, assumptions and tools from other disciplines almost haphazardly. This editorial provides background for the articles in this special issue, which sample six broad themes in risk assessment in conservation biology and presenting new innovations and applications.
The articles in the special issue address themes related to species distribution modelling, population viability analysis, threatened species management, biosecurity, uncertainty analysis, cost–benefit analysis and foresight. We sought articles that address new and emerging topics in each of these areas.
The articles identify new and potentially useful innovations in a variety of areas relevant to conservation biology. Collectively, they paint a picture of risk assessment as an important element in supporting transparent, rational decisions and effective policy.
Policy makers and conservation managers aspire to set evidence-based priorities, and technical specialists aim to have their methods used in decision-making. Scientists will succeed if, as the articles in this issue exemplify, they develop a sound understanding of the context of the decisions in which their tools are to be used and shape them accordingly.