Priorities and paradigms: directions in threatened species recovery
Article first published online: 20 FEB 2009
©2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 2, Issue 3, pages 101–108, June 2009
How to Cite
Briggs, S. V. (2009), Priorities and paradigms: directions in threatened species recovery. Conservation Letters, 2: 101–108. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2009.00055.x
- Issue published online: 3 JUN 2009
- Article first published online: 20 FEB 2009
- Received: 12 September 2008; accepted 10 February 2009.
- Threatened species;
- population paradigms;
- recovery priorities;
Recovering threatened species is a key challenge for conservation managers, policy makers, and researchers. This article describes a practical framework for assigning priorities for recovery of threatened species according to cost-effectiveness of recovery strategies for species groups. The framework has the following steps: (1) determine the conservation goal—persistence in the wild of the largest number of threatened species with the funds available; (2) assign threatened species to species recovery groups according to their characteristics and threats—small-population species that require actions at sites and declining-population species that require actions across landscapes; (3) identify the recovery strategies and their component actions for the species groups; (4) cost the recovery strategies for the species groups; (5) determine the cost-effectiveness of the recovery strategies for the species groups—the number of species recovered divided by the cost of the strategies; (6) assign priorities to the recovery strategies according to their cost-effectiveness; (7) allocate funds to the recovery strategies that maximize the number of threatened species recovered for the funds available; and (8) undertake the funded recovery strategies and actions. The framework is illustrated with an example.