Conservation, natural history and science: the challenge too great, the time too short (forum commentary)
Recher, H.F. (2008) Conservation, natural history and science: the challenge too great, the time too short (forum commentary). Pacific Conservation Biology, 14 (1). pp. 5-6.
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Good conservation is sound management based on good science and a thorough understanding of the natural history of the organisms and systems being managed. Even doing nothing, as some advocate for wilderness, is a management decision and one which should have its foundations in science and natural history. This idea that conservation management should have a strong scientific and natural history basis is a recurrent theme of Duffy and Kraus (2008) in their analysis of conservation management in Hawaii. It is a theme that I cannot disagree with, nor can I disagree with Duffy and Kraus when they argue that natural history knowledge is not appreciated and that there is a failure to include scientific knowledge in management decisions. I don't have to live and work in Hawaii to reach this view; not much is different in Australia.
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