c(1 1 0 Diversity lence and their responsibilities for solving environmen- Conservation biology has been described as a crisis dis- tal problems? Risk analysis, or decision analysis, can help cipline, where limited information is applied in an un- manage this dilemma. In contrast to the classical statis- certain environment to make urgent decisions with sometimes irrevocable consequences. Conservation bi- tical procedures that are best known to biological sci- ologists face painful dilemmas as we struggle to balance entists, where only one of many possible mistakes re- scientific integrity with responsible advocacy. Our train- ceives most of the attention, risk analysis helps us look ing and socialization as scientists prompt us to keep evenhandedly at the pros and cons of all the options for quiet, protesting that adequate information is not yet action and all the mistakes that could be made and to available. At the same time, we don’t want to lose our evaluate their consequences. chance to influence decisions for the better. Resource When asked to comment on a management decision, managers, charged with making and implementing those we need to consider: what is the range of things we decisions, face a similar dilemma: should we maintain might
Conservation Biology – Wiley
Published: Mar 1, 1991
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