Managing uncertainty in movement knowledge for environmental decisions
AuthorSmith, AL; Kujala, H; Lahoz-Monfort, JJ; Guja, LK; Burns, EL; Nathan, R; Alacs, E; Barton, PS; Bau, S; Driscoll, DA; ...
Source TitleConservation Letters
AffiliationSchool of BioSciences
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsSmith, A. L., Kujala, H., Lahoz-Monfort, J. J., Guja, L. K., Burns, E. L., Nathan, R., Alacs, E., Barton, P. S., Bau, S., Driscoll, D. A., Lentini, P. E., Mortelliti, A., Rowe, R. & Buckley, Y. M. (2019). Managing uncertainty in movement knowledge for environmental decisions. CONSERVATION LETTERS, 12 (3), https://doi.org/10.1111/conl.12620.
Access StatusOpen Access
Species' movements affect their response to environmental change but movement knowledge is often highly uncertain. We now have well-established methods to integrate movement knowledge into conservation practice but still lack a framework to deal with uncertainty in movement knowledge for environmental decisions. We provide a framework that distinguishes two dimensions of species' movement that are heavily influenced by uncertainty: knowledge about movement and relevance of movement to environmental decisions. Management decisions can be informed by their position in this knowledge-relevance space. We then outline a framework to support decisions around (1) increasing understanding of the relevance of movement knowledge, (2) increasing robustness of decisions to uncertainties and (3) improving knowledge on species' movement. Our decision-support framework provides guidance for managing movement-related uncertainty in systematic conservation planning, agri-environment schemes, habitat restoration and international biodiversity policy. It caters to different resource levels (time and funding) so that species' movement knowledge can be more effectively integrated into environmental decisions.
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