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Is There Enough Science for Conservation Action?
Version of Record online: 26 AUG 2010
© 2010 The Author(s). Journal compilation © 2010 by The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation
Volume 42, Issue 5, pages 563–565, September 2010
How to Cite
Shaanker, R. U. and Ganeshaiah, K. N. (2010), Is There Enough Science for Conservation Action?. Biotropica, 42: 563–565. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-7429.2010.00690.x
- Issue online: 9 SEP 2010
- Version of Record online: 26 AUG 2010
- Received 17 May 2010; revision accepted 25 May 2010.
- conservation action;
- endangered species;
- extinction rates;
- invasive species;
- Red Lists;
- sustainable use
We argue that there is not enough science to appropriately support many of the conservation measures currently being proposed, and hence, we cannot be sure of the objectivity of the conservation actions being implemented. The objectivity claimed to be underlying conservation actions is more assumed than real. We also suggest that the approach to conservation is driven more by moral commitments than by tested concepts, and it is further biased by our anthropocentric evaluation of ecological processes and their outcomes. Conservation science is a young subject, which needs to be nourished while it continues to feed on its roots-ecology and evolutionary biology.