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Subjective risk assessment for planning conservation projects

Game, Edward T., Fitzsimons, James A., Lipsett-Moore, Geoff and McDonald-Madden, Eve 2013, Subjective risk assessment for planning conservation projects, Environmental research letters, vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 1-13, doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/8/4/045027.

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Title Subjective risk assessment for planning conservation projects
Author(s) Game, Edward T.
Fitzsimons, James A.ORCID iD for Fitzsimons, James A. orcid.org/0000-0003-4277-8040
Lipsett-Moore, Geoff
McDonald-Madden, Eve
Journal name Environmental research letters
Volume number 8
Issue number 4
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher Institute of Physics Publishing
Place of publication Bristol, England
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1748-9326
Keyword(s) Marine Reserves
Management
Uncertainty
Biodiversity
Summary Conservation projects occur under many types of uncertainty. Where this uncertainty can affect achievement of a project's objectives, there is risk. Understanding risks to project success should influence a range of strategic and tactical decisions in conservation, and yet, formal risk assessment rarely features in the guidance or practice of conservation planning. We describe how subjective risk analysis tools can be framed to facilitate the rapid identification and assessment of risks to conservation projects, and how this information should influence conservation planning. Our approach is illustrated with an assessment of risks to conservation success as part of a conservation plan for the work of The Nature Conservancy in northern Australia. Risks can be both internal and external to a project, and occur across environmental, social, economic and political systems. Based on the relative importance of a risk and the level of certainty in its assessment we propose a series of appropriate, project level responses including research, monitoring, and active amelioration. Explicit identification, prioritization, and where possible, management of risks are important elements of using conservation resources in an informed and accountable manner
Language eng
DOI 10.1088/1748-9326/8/4/045027
Field of Research 059999 Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Institute of Physics Publishing
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30061695

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