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A CONSERVATION PLANNING TOOL FOR CALCULATING RETURN ON INVESTMENT AT THE RESOLUTION OF LAND PARCELS AND OTHER SMALL AREAS

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Most conservation planning tools are target-based, and only recently have they included conservation costs as a selection criterion. A consequence of target-based approaches is that many parts of planning regions appear to have no conservation value because they contain biodiversity features for which targets have been achieved. Missing from the array of planning tools is a system that combines a continuous measure of conservation value with variable conservation costs, operates at the resolution of sites, and can be constantly updated as the conservation landscape changes. We developed a conservation planning tool that uses species-area relationships (SAR) as continuous benefit functions for representation units such as vegetation types or marine habitats. SARs can provide an explicit relationship between species number and conservation costs and can therefore be used to calculate species return on investment (ROI). Our conservation planning tool dynamically calculates species ROI for representation units, defined as the number of species potentially afforded protection divided by the cost of areas. This calculation considers species already occurring in conservation areas, compositional overlap between representation units, and the effects of species spatial autocorrelation. The tool dynamically updates ROI as decisions are made about conservation or development and is designed for planning practitioners working at regional scales or in local government.
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Ward, Doug., Pressey, Bob., Segan, Daniel. and Possingham, Hugh. "A CONSERVATION PLANNING TOOL FOR CALCULATING RETURN ON INVESTMENT AT THE RESOLUTION OF LAND PARCELS AND OTHER SMALL AREAS" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Congress for Conservation Biology, Convention Center, Chattanooga, TN, Jul 10, 2008 <Not Available>. 2013-12-14 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p240847_index.html>

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Ward, D. , Pressey, B. , Segan, D. and Possingham, H. , 2008-07-10 "A CONSERVATION PLANNING TOOL FOR CALCULATING RETURN ON INVESTMENT AT THE RESOLUTION OF LAND PARCELS AND OTHER SMALL AREAS" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Congress for Conservation Biology, Convention Center, Chattanooga, TN <Not Available>. 2013-12-14 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p240847_index.html

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Abstract: Most conservation planning tools are target-based, and only recently have they included conservation costs as a selection criterion. A consequence of target-based approaches is that many parts of planning regions appear to have no conservation value because they contain biodiversity features for which targets have been achieved. Missing from the array of planning tools is a system that combines a continuous measure of conservation value with variable conservation costs, operates at the resolution of sites, and can be constantly updated as the conservation landscape changes. We developed a conservation planning tool that uses species-area relationships (SAR) as continuous benefit functions for representation units such as vegetation types or marine habitats. SARs can provide an explicit relationship between species number and conservation costs and can therefore be used to calculate species return on investment (ROI). Our conservation planning tool dynamically calculates species ROI for representation units, defined as the number of species potentially afforded protection divided by the cost of areas. This calculation considers species already occurring in conservation areas, compositional overlap between representation units, and the effects of species spatial autocorrelation. The tool dynamically updates ROI as decisions are made about conservation or development and is designed for planning practitioners working at regional scales or in local government.

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