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Guidelines for using movement science to inform biodiversity policy


Barton, PS and Lentini, PE and Alacs, E and Bau, S and Buckley, YM and Burns, EL and Driscoll, DA and Guja, LK and Kujala, H and Lahoz-Monfort, JJ and Mortelliti, A and Nathan, R and Rowe, R and Smith, AL, Guidelines for using movement science to inform biodiversity policy, Environmental Management, 56, (4) pp. 791-801. ISSN 0364-152X (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s00267-015-0570-5


Substantial advances have been made in our understanding of the movement of species, including processes such as dispersal and migration. This knowledge has the potential to improve decisions about biodiversity policy and management, but it can be difficult for decision makers to readily access and integrate the growing body of movement science. This is, in part, due to a lack of synthesis of information that is sufficiently contextualized for a policy audience. Here, we identify key species movement concepts, including mechanisms, types, and moderators of movement, and review their relevance to (1) national biodiversity policies and strategies, (2) reserve planning and management, (3) threatened species protection and recovery, (4) impact and risk assessments, and (5) the prioritization of restoration actions. Based on the review, and considering recent developments in movement ecology, we provide a new framework that draws links between aspects of movement knowledge that are likely the most relevant to each biodiversity policy category. Our framework also shows that there is substantial opportunity for collaboration between researchers and government decision makers in the use of movement science to promote positive biodiversity outcomes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:connectivity, conservation policy, decision, dispersal, government, impact assessment, intervention, management, migration, restoration, risk assessment, threatened species, translocation
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Rowe, R (Mr Richard Rowe)
ID Code:110008
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:29
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2016-07-11
Last Modified:2017-10-31

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