We’re still using old-fashioned or knee-jerk methods for conservation prioritisation. Reserves are allocated when land becomes available, instead of strategically planning which land to acquire for greatest biodiversity value. Biodiversity corridors tend to link up reserves, rather than using analytical data or predictive models to establish a sound basis for their positioning. Ad hoc rules of thumb, such as ‘local is best’ are used to guide restoration principles.
How can we best incorporate current knowledge and prioritise the acquisition of new information, to better manage the biodiversity and ecosystem wealth on earth?