Billions spent annually on land conservation are poorly spent because of the limits of the tools used to select projects for funding. This book shows conservationists how to use the science of strategic conservation by applying powerful computational methods to their decisions, helping them to fully harness their funds.
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Kent D. Messer is the Unidel H. Cosgrove Chair at the University of Delaware, and co-director of the National Center for Behavioral and Experimental Agri-Environmental Research. His work applies economics and behavioral science to problems at the nexus of environmental and agricultural challenges. William L. Allen, III manages strategic conservation planning services including green infrastructure plans, data-driven decision support, and tactical conservation guidance as part of The Conservation Fund. Will serves as co-editor-in-chief and managing editor of the Journal of Conservation Planning and was a co-founder of the Society for Conservation GIS.
Foreword Larry Selzer; 1. Strategic conservation matters; 2. A $100 bottle of wine and a hammer: principles of strategic conservation; 3. From great ideas to costly habits; 4. Avoiding budget sponges and other lessons from conservation failures; 5. Moving from mission to vision to criteria; 6. Transform criteria into conservation benefits; 7. Enhance the evaluation of choices; 8. Get the best bang for your buck; 9. Harness the power of markets and behavioral nudges; 10. Putting it all together: a short story; 11. Do it! Exercises using optimization decision support tools; 12. Do It! Exercises using the logic scoring of preference method; Appendix A. Mathematical foundations of the logic scoring of preference method; References; Index.
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