Journal article

Planning for ex situ conservation in the face of uncertainty

Stefano Canessa, Sarah J Converse, Matt West, Nick Clemann, Graeme Gillespie, Michael McFadden, Aimee J Silla, Kirsten M Parris, Michael A McCarthy



Ex situ conservation strategies for threatened species often require long-term commitment and financial investment to achieve management objectives. We present a framework that considers the decision to adopt ex situ management for a target species as the end point of several linked decisions. We used a decision tree to intuitively represent the logical sequence of decision making. The first decision is to identify the specific management actions most likely to achieve the fundamental objectives of the recovery plan, with or without the use of ex-situ populations. Once this decision has been made, one decides whether to establish an ex situ population, accounting for the probability of succe..

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