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dc.contributor.authorMcGowan, Jennifer
dc.contributor.authorBeaumont, Linda J
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Robert J
dc.contributor.authorChauvenet, Alienor LM
dc.contributor.authorHarcourt, Robert
dc.contributor.authorAtkinson, Scott C
dc.contributor.authorMittermeier, John C
dc.contributor.authorEsperon-Rodriguez, Manuel
dc.contributor.authorBaumgartner, John B
dc.contributor.authorBeattie, Andrew
dc.contributor.authorDudaniec, Rachael Y
dc.contributor.authorGrenyer, Richard
dc.contributor.authorNipperess, David A
dc.contributor.authorStow, Adam
dc.contributor.authorPossingham, Hugh P
dc.date.accessioned2020-08-28T04:13:27Z
dc.date.available2020-08-28T04:13:27Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifier.issn2041-1723
dc.identifier.doi10.1038/s41467-020-14554-z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/396861
dc.description.abstractConservation strategies based on charismatic flagship species, such as tigers, lions, and elephants, successfully attract funding from individuals and corporate donors. However, critics of this species-focused approach argue it wastes resources and often does not benefit broader biodiversity. If true, then the best way of raising conservation funds excludes the best way of spending it. Here we show that this conundrum can be resolved, and that the flagship species approach does not impede cost-effective conservation. Through a tailored prioritization approach, we identify places containing flagship species while also maximizing global biodiversity representation (based on 19,616 terrestrial and freshwater species). We then compare these results to scenarios that only maximized biodiversity representation, and demonstrate that our flagship-based approach achieves 79−89% of our objective. This provides strong evidence that prudently selected flagships can both raise funds for conservation and help target where these resources are best spent to conserve biodiversity.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherNature Publishing Group
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom994
dc.relation.ispartofissue1
dc.relation.ispartofjournalNature Communications
dc.relation.ispartofvolume11
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEnvironmental sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchTerrestrial ecology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchConservation and biodiversity
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEnvironmental management
dc.subject.fieldofresearchModelling and simulation
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode41
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode310308
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode410401
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode410404
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode460207
dc.subject.keywordsScience & Technology
dc.subject.keywordsMultidisciplinary Sciences
dc.subject.keywordsScience & Technology - Other Topics
dc.subject.keywordsBIODIVERSITY HOTSPOTS
dc.subject.keywordsGLOBAL CONSERVATION
dc.titleConservation prioritization can resolve the flagship species conundrum
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dcterms.bibliographicCitationMcGowan, J; Beaumont, LJ; Smith, RJ; Chauvenet, ALM; Harcourt, R; Atkinson, SC; Mittermeier, JC; Esperon-Rodriguez, M; Baumgartner, JB; Beattie, A; Dudaniec, RY; Grenyer, R; Nipperess, DA; Stow, A; Possingham, HP, Conservation prioritization can resolve the flagship species conundrum, Nature Communications, 2020, 11 (1), pp. 994
dcterms.dateAccepted2020-01-17
dcterms.licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.date.updated2020-08-28T04:08:36Z
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