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Integrating Optimization and Strategic Conservation to Achieve Higher Efficiencies in Land Protection


  • Kent D. Messer

    () (Department of Food & Resource Economics,University of Delaware)

  • Ole

    () (The Conservation Fund)

  • William L. Allen, III

    () (The Conservation Fund)


Strategic land conservation seeks to select the highest quality lands given limited financial resources. Traditionally conservation officials implement strategic conservation by creating prioritization maps that attempt to identify the lands of highest ecological value or public value from a resource perspective. This paper describes the history of using optimization in strategic conservation and demonstrates how the combination of these approaches can significantly strengthen conservation efforts by making these programs more efficient with public monies.

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  • Kent D. Messer & Ole & William L. Allen, III, 2010. "Integrating Optimization and Strategic Conservation to Achieve Higher Efficiencies in Land Protection," Working Papers 10-14, University of Delaware, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:dlw:wpaper:10-14.

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    Mathematical Programming; Conservation Optimization; Cost Effectiveness Analysis; Strategic Conservation;

    JEL classification:

    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation


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