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Multidimensional Evaluation of Managed Relocation


David M. Richardson


Centre for Invasion Biology, Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University

Jessica J. Hellman


Department of Biological Sciences

Jason S. McLachlan


University of Notre Dame, College of Biological Sciences

Dov F. Sax


Brown University

Mark W. Schwartz


Department of Environmental Science and Policy

Patrick Gonzalez


Independent

Alejandro E. Camacho


University of California Irvine School of Law; Center for Progressive Reform

Terry L. Root


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Osvaldo E. Sala


Brown University

Stephen H. Schneider


Stanford University - Department of Biological Sciences

Daniel Ashe


Independent

Ben A. Minteer


Arizona State University, Center for Biology and Society, School of Life Sciences

Stephen Polasky


University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - Department of Applied Economics

Jean Brennan


Defenders of Wildlife

Jamie Rappaport Clark


Defenders of Wildlife

Regan Early


Brown University, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Julie R. Etterson


University of Minnesota - Duluth, Biology

E. Dwight Fielder


US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Managment

Jacquelyn L. Gill


Brown University

Hugh D. Safford


Government of the United States of America - Forest Service

Andrew R. Thompson


University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Southwest Fisheries Science Center

Mark Vellend


Université de Sherbrooke, Département de biologie; University of British Columbia (UBC), Depts of Botany, Zoology & Biodiversity Research Centre

2009

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol.106, 2009, pp.9721-9724
UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2012-49

Abstract:     
Managed relocation (MR) has rapidly emerged as a potential intervention strategy in the toolbox of biodiversity management under climate change. Previous authors have suggested that MR (also referred to as assisted colonization, assisted migration, or assisted translocation) could be a last-alternative option after interrogating a linear decision tree. We argue that numerous interacting and value-laden considerations demand a more inclusive strategy for evaluating MR. The pace of modern climate change demands decision making with imperfect information, and tools that elucidate this uncertainty and integrate scientific information and social values are urgently needed. We present a heuristic tool that incorporates both ecological and social criteria in a multidimensional decision-making framework. For visualization purposes, we collapse these criteria into 4 classes that can be depicted in graphical 2-D space. This framework offers a pragmatic approach for summarizing key dimensions of MR: capturing uncertainty in the evaluation criteria, creating transparency in the evaluation process, and recognizing the inherent tradeoffs that different stakeholders bring to evaluation of MR and its alternatives.

Keywords: assisted migration, climate change, conservation biology, conservation strategy, sustainability science

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Date posted: May 25, 2012  

Suggested Citation

Richardson, David M. and Hellman, Jessica J. and McLachlan, Jason S. and Sax, Dov F. and Schwartz, Mark W. and Gonzalez, Patrick and Camacho, Alejandro E. and Root, Terry L. and Sala, Osvaldo E. and Schneider, Stephen H. and Ashe, Daniel and Minteer, Ben A. and Polasky, Stephen and Brennan, Jean and Rappaport Clark, Jamie and Early, Regan and Etterson, Julie R. and Fielder, E. Dwight and Gill, Jacquelyn L. and Safford, Hugh D. and Thompson, Andrew R. and Vellend, Mark, Multidimensional Evaluation of Managed Relocation (2009). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol.106, 2009, pp.9721-9724; UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2012-49. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2065577

Contact Information

David M. Richardson (Contact Author)
Centre for Invasion Biology, Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University
Private Bag X1
Stellenbosch, Western Cape 7602
South Africa
Jessica J. Hellman
Department of Biological Sciences ( email )
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5646
United States
Jason S. McLachlan
University of Notre Dame, College of Biological Sciences ( email )
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5646
United States
Dov F. Sax
Brown University ( email )
Box 1860
Providence, RI 02912
United States
Mark W. Schwartz
Department of Environmental Science and Policy ( email )
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
United States
Patrick Gonzalez
Independent
No Address Available
Alejandro E. Camacho
University of California Irvine School of Law ( email )
401 East Peltason Drive
4500-A
Irvine, CA 92697-1000
United States
949-824-4160 (Phone)
Center for Progressive Reform ( email )
500 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
United States
Terry L. Root
affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )
Osvaldo E. Sala
Brown University ( email )
Box 1860
Providence, RI 02912
United States
Stephen H. Schneider
Stanford University - Department of Biological Sciences ( email )
Stanford, CA
United States
Daniel Ashe
Independent
No Address Available
Ben A. Minteer
Arizona State University, Center for Biology and Society, School of Life Sciences ( email )
Farmer Building 440G PO Box 872011
Tempe, AZ 85287
United States
Stephen Polasky
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - Department of Applied Economics ( email )
1994 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
United States
612-625-9213 (Phone)
612-625-2729 (Fax)
Jean Brennan
Defenders of Wildlife ( email )
National Headquarters
1130 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States
(202) 682-9400 ext 162 (Phone)
Jamie Rappaport Clark
Defenders of Wildlife ( email )
National Headquarters
1130 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States
1-800-385-9712 (Phone)
Regan Early
Brown University, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology ( email )
Box 1860
Providence, RI 02912
United States
401-863-2799 (Phone)
Julie R. Etterson
University of Minnesota - Duluth, Biology ( email )
1049 University Drive
Duluth, MN 55812
United States
E. Dwight Fielder
US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Managment
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20240
United States
(202) 452-7761 (Phone)
Jacquelyn L. Gill
Brown University ( email )
Box 1860
Providence, RI 02912
United States
Hugh D. Safford
Government of the United States of America - Forest Service
United States
Andrew R. Thompson
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Southwest Fisheries Science Center ( email )
P.O. Box 271
La Jolla, CA 92038-0271
United States
(858) 546-7132 (Phone)
(858) 546-5651 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://swfsc.noaa.gov/staff.aspx?id=15597
Mark Vellend
Université de Sherbrooke, Département de biologie ( email )
2500 bd de l'Universite
Sherbrooke, Québec J1K 2R1
Canada
HOME PAGE: http://www3.botany.ubc.ca/vellend/
University of British Columbia (UBC), Depts of Botany, Zoology & Biodiversity Research Centre
2329 West Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia BC V6T 1Z4
Canada
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