What role does knowledge of wildlife play in providing support for species' conservation
AbstractConservation of biodiversity is a complex issue. Apart from the creation of nature reserves, there is a plethora of other factors that are part of this complex web. One such factor is the public knowledge of species. Since public funding is imperative for the conservation of species and creation of reserves for them it is important to determine the public’s awareness of species and their knowledge about them. In the absence of such awareness and knowledge, it is possible that the public may misallocate their support. In other words, resources may be provided for species that do not need support urgently. We show how availability of balanced information about species helps the public to make rational decisions and to allocate support (e.g. monetary) to species that need it most. Other implications of a ‘wildlife knowledgeable’ public are also discussed.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Queensland, School of Economics in its series Economics, Ecology and Environment Working Papers with number 51417.
Date of creation: Dec 2004
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Biodiversity; conservation; Australia’s tropical wildlife; public knowledge; balanced information.; Environmental Economics and Policy;
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- Clevo Wilson & Clem Tisdell, 2005. "What Role Does Knowledge of Wildlife Play in Providing Support for Species\' Conservation?," School of Economics and Finance Discussion Papers and Working Papers Series 188, School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology.
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- Karl C. Samples & John A. Dixon & KMarcia M. Gowen, 1986. "Information Disclosure and Endangered Species Valuation," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 62(3), pages 306-312.
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