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The Science of Strategic Conservation
Protecting More with Less


Larry Selzer
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  • Date Published: May 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107191938

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  • Billions have been spent on land conservation but too little attention had been paid to how cost-effective these investments have been. With budgets increasingly constrained, conservationists must learn to fully harness their funds to protect critical resources. Messer and Allen are pioneers in making conservation selection more successful, cost-effective, scientific, and transparent. This book introduces powerful mathematical tools available for project selection, using real-life examples and a practical step-by-step approach. Readers can readily apply these methods to their own work, accomplishing more with less by combining the individual benefits of structured decision-making, mathematical programming, and an understanding of market forces and human behavior. The authors highlight tools from conservation science, mathematics, land use planning and behavioral economics, showing how they can be combined to help protect key environmental resources. This is an invaluable volume for all students, professionals and stakeholders associated with conservation programs.

    • Offers a new approach to the topic of conservation finance, helping readers make better use of the funds they have rather than suggesting how they can increase funds
    • Takes readers step by step through the process of strategic conservation, helping them gain familiarity with mathematical and market-based approaches
    • Thirty days free access to LSPweb and ODST web programs allows readers to practice the techniques whilst reading the book and experience first hand how tools can benefit conservation efforts
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107191938
    • length: 340 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • contains: 67 b/w illus. 57 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Larry Selzer
    1. Strategic conservation matters
    2. A $100 bottle of wine and a hammer: principles of strategic conservation
    3. From great ideas to costly habits
    4. Avoiding budget sponges and other lessons from conservation failures
    5. Moving from mission to vision to criteria
    6. Transform criteria into conservation benefits
    7. Enhance the evaluation of choices
    8. Get the best bang for your buck
    9. Harness the power of markets and behavioral nudges
    10. Putting it all together: a short story
    11. Do it! Exercises using optimization decision support tools
    12. Do It! Exercises using the logic scoring of preference method
    Appendix A. Mathematical foundations of the logic scoring of preference method

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    Kent D. Messer, William L. Allen III

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    Kent D. Messer, University of Delaware
    Kent D. Messer is the Unidel H. Cosgrove Chair at the University of Delaware, and co-director of the National Center for Behavioral and Experimental Agri-Environmental Research. His work applies economics and behavioral science to problems at the nexus of environmental and agricultural challenges.

    William L. Allen III, The Conservation Fund, North Carolina
    William L. Allen, III manages strategic conservation planning services including green infrastructure plans, data-driven decision support, and tactical conservation guidance as part of The Conservation Fund. Will serves as co-editor-in-chief and managing editor of the Journal of Conservation Planning and was a co-founder of the Society for Conservation GIS.


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