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Decision triggers are a critical part of evidence-based conservation

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dc.contributor Australian Institute Of Marine Science
dc.contributor Monash Univ
dc.contributor University Of New South Wales Sydney
dc.contributor Sch Biol Sci
dc.contributor Monash University
dc.contributor Office Of Environment & Heritage - New South Wales
dc.contributor Univ New S Wales
dc.contributor Sch Biosci
dc.contributor Pk Victoria
dc.contributor Australian Wetlands Rivers & Landscapes Ctr
dc.contributor Univ Melbourne
dc.contributor New South Wales Off Environm & Heritage
dc.contributor Australian Inst Marine Sci
dc.contributor University Of Melbourne ADDISON, PRUE F. E. COOK, CARLY N. DE BIE, KELLY KEITH, DAVID A. 2017-03-21T01:05:01Z 2017-03-21T01:05:01Z 2017-01-13T00:45:59Z 2019-07-08T02:06:44Z 2017-03-21T01:05:01Z 2017-03-21T01:05:01Z 2017-01-13T00:45:59Z 2019-07-08T02:06:44Z 2016-03-01
dc.identifier.citation Cook CN, de Bie K, Keith DA, Addison PFE (2016) Decision triggers are a critical part of evidence-based conservation. Biological Conservation 195: 46-51 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0006-3207
dc.description.abstract Conservation managers face complex decisions about if, when and how to intervene in managed systems. To support these decisions, approaches are needed that utilise the best available evidence to guide actions when a system is moving into an undesirable state. Assigning some form of critical threshold that if crossed would trigger action (a decision trigger) is growing in favour in the scientific community. Likewise, there is increasing interest from the conservation management community in using decision triggers as part of evidence-based management. In this article, we reinforce calls for the use of decision triggers and highlight how they can complement many approaches for evidence-based conservation. There are many benefits to using decision triggers to link evidence to action. For management organisations, decision triggers offer a way to improve the clarity and transparency of management decisions. There has been recent progress in developing methods to set robust decision triggers that utilise rigorous biological monitoring data, such as receiver operating characteristic curves, control charts and participatory modelling. When monitoring data are not readily available, approaches that set decision triggers based on utility thresholds (i.e., value-based judgements) or expert elicitation methods, and refine trigger points over time, hold promise. Despite the many benefits, there remain challenges for both developing and implementing decision triggers. There is a pressing need for a process that can guide organisations in setting defensible decision triggers based on the best available science, and that can be used for a wide range of management contexts. We believe decision triggers can be integrated into existing management processes within organisations to improve decisions about when and how to act to protect biodiversity, and to support managers to achieve evidence-based conservation. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
dc.description.uri en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Null
dc.subject Adaptive-management
dc.subject Environmental Sciences
dc.subject National-park
dc.subject Indicators
dc.subject Marine Protected Areas
dc.subject Biodiversity & Conservation
dc.subject Science
dc.subject Implementation
dc.subject Environmental-management Decisions
dc.subject Ecology
dc.subject Thresholds
dc.subject Monitoring Data
dc.subject Biodiversity Conservation
dc.subject Environmental Sciences & Ecology
dc.title Decision triggers are a critical part of evidence-based conservation
dc.type journal article en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.biocon.2015.12.024
dc.identifier.wos WOS:000371942300007

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