Journal article

Costs of Integrating Economics and Conservation Planning

Anni Arponen, Mar Cabeza, Johanna Eklund, Heini Kujala, Joona Lehtomaki

Conservation Biology | WILEY | Published : 2010

Abstract

Recent literature on systematic conservation planning has focused strongly on economics. It is a necessary component of efficient conservation planning because the question is about effective resource allocation. Nevertheless, there is an increasing tendency toward economic factors overriding biological considerations. Focusing too narrowly on economic cost may lead us back toward solutions resembling those obtained by opportunistic choice of areas, the avoidance of which was the motivation for development of systematic approaches. Moreover, there are many overlooked difficulties in incorporating economic considerations reliably into conservation planning because available economic data and ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was funded by Luonnonvaraisten elioiden kestavan kayton ja suojelun koulutusohjelma (Finnish School in Wildlife Biology, Conservation and Management) (A.A., J.E., H.K.), the EU FP7 SCALES Project ("Securing the Conservation of Biodiversity across Administrative Levels and Spatial, Temporal and Ecological Scales;" project 226852) (A.A.), and Helsinki University Science Foundation (J.L.). We thank T. Lehtonen and two anonymous reviewers for their comments.