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Conservation targets too small to stop extinction
Date:10/13/2009

Conservation biologists worldwide are battling to prevent a mass extinction event in the face of a growing human population and its associated impact on the planet.

"The conservation management bar needs to be a lot higher," says Dr Traill. "However, we shouldn't necessarily give up on critically endangered species numbering a few hundred of individuals in the wild. Acceptance that more needs to be done if we are to stop 'managing for extinction' should force decision makers to be more explicit about what they are aiming for, and what they are willing to trade off, when allocating conservation funds."
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Contact: Dr Lochran Traill, Environment Institute, Univ of Adelaide
lochran.traill@adelaide.edu.au
61-883-036-070
University of Adelaide
Source:Eurekalert

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