Bogged down in the willows

Making robust conservation decisions in the face of uncertainty

How much should we invest in learning as opposed to doing when it comes to conservation management? Keep in mind that investing in learning is taking resources away from the management itself, and may even lead to delays in getting on with the job. Of course, if you have a good idea of the nature of the problem you’re managing and the benefits of learning then it’s relatively easy to weigh up your options. However, if there’s substantial uncertainty around the issue, as there is with most conservation problems, then it’s a different story.

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