Guidelines for using movement science to inform biodiversity policy

Barton, Philip S., Lentini, Pia E., Alacs, Erika, Bau, Sana, Buckley, Yvonne M., Burns, Emma L., Driscoll, Don A., Guja, Lydia K., Kujala, Heini, Lahoz-Monfort, Jose J., Mortelliti, Alessio, Nathan, Ran, Rowe, Ross and Smith, Annabel L. 2015, Guidelines for using movement science to inform biodiversity policy, Environmental management (New York): an international journal for decision-makers, scientists and environmental auditors, vol. 56, no. 4, pp. 791-801, doi: 10.1007/s00267-015-0570-5.

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Title Guidelines for using movement science to inform biodiversity policy
Author(s) Barton, Philip S.
Lentini, Pia E.
Alacs, Erika
Bau, Sana
Buckley, Yvonne M.
Burns, Emma L.
Driscoll, Don A.ORCID iD for Driscoll, Don A.
Guja, Lydia K.
Kujala, Heini
Lahoz-Monfort, Jose J.
Mortelliti, Alessio
Nathan, Ran
Rowe, Ross
Smith, Annabel L.
Journal name Environmental management (New York): an international journal for decision-makers, scientists and environmental auditors
Volume number 56
Issue number 4
Start page 791
End page 801
Total pages 11
Publisher Springer
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2015-06-23
ISSN 0364-152X
Keyword(s) Connectivity
Conservation policy
Impact assessment
Risk assessment
Threatened species
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s00267-015-0570-5
Field of Research 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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