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Is There Enough Science for Conservation Action?
Ramanan U. Shaanker and Kotiganahalli N. Ganeshaiah
Vol. 42, No. 5 (September 2010), pp. 563-565
Published by: Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40863788
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We argue that there is not enough science to appropriately support many of the conservation measures currently being proposed, and hence, we cannot be sure of the objectivity of the conservation actions being implemented. The objectivity claimed to be underlying conservation actions is more assumed than real. We also suggest that the approach to conservation is driven more by moral commitments than by tested concepts, and it is further biased by our anthropocentric evaluation of ecological processes and their outcomes. Conservation science is a young subject, which needs to be nourished while it continues to feed on its roots-ecology and evolutionary biology.
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