Managed relocation

Integrating the scientific, regulatory, and ethical challenges

Mark W. Schwartz, Jessica J. Hellmann, Jason M. McLachlan, Dov F. Sax, Justin O. Borevitz, Jean Brennan, Alejandro E. Camacho, Gerardo Ceballos, Jamie R. Clark, Holly Doremus, Regan Early, Julie R. Etterson, Dwight Fielder, Jacquelyn L. Gill, Patrick Gonzalez, Nancy Green, Lee Hannah, Dale Jamieson, Debra Javeline, Ben A. Minteer & 12 others Jay Odenbaugh, Stephen Polasky, David M. Richardson, Terry L. Root, Hugh D. Safford, Osvaldo Sala, Stephen H. Schneider, Andrew R. Thompson, John W. Williams, Mark Vellend, Pati Vitt, Sandra Zellmer

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    Abstract

    Managed relocation is defined as the movement of species, populations, or genotypes to places outside the areas of their historical distributions to maintain biological diversity or ecosystem functioning with changing climate. It has been claimed that a major extinction event is under way and that climate change is increasing its severity. Projections indicating that climate change may drive substantial losses of biodiversity have compelled some scientists to suggest that traditional management strategies are insufficient. The managed relocation of species is a controversial management response to climate change. The published literature has emphasized biological concerns over difficult ethical, legal, and policy issues. Furthermore, ongoing managed relocation actions lack scientific and societal engagement. Our interdisciplinary team considered ethics, law, policy, ecology, and natural resources management in order to identify the key issues of managed relocation relevant for developing sound policies that support decisions for resource management. We recommend that government agencies develop and adopt best practices for managed relocation.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)732-743
    Number of pages12
    JournalBioScience
    Volume62
    Issue number8
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Aug 2012

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    Keywords

    • conservation
    • ethics
    • law
    • policy
    • translocation

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    Schwartz, M. W., Hellmann, J. J., McLachlan, J. M., Sax, D. F., Borevitz, J. O., Brennan, J., ... Zellmer, S. (2012). Managed relocation: Integrating the scientific, regulatory, and ethical challenges. BioScience, 62(8), 732-743. https://doi.org/10.1525/bio.2012.62.8.6

    Managed relocation : Integrating the scientific, regulatory, and ethical challenges. / Schwartz, Mark W.; Hellmann, Jessica J.; McLachlan, Jason M.; Sax, Dov F.; Borevitz, Justin O.; Brennan, Jean; Camacho, Alejandro E.; Ceballos, Gerardo; Clark, Jamie R.; Doremus, Holly; Early, Regan; Etterson, Julie R.; Fielder, Dwight; Gill, Jacquelyn L.; Gonzalez, Patrick; Green, Nancy; Hannah, Lee; Jamieson, Dale; Javeline, Debra; Minteer, Ben A.; Odenbaugh, Jay; Polasky, Stephen; Richardson, David M.; Root, Terry L.; Safford, Hugh D.; Sala, Osvaldo; Schneider, Stephen H.; Thompson, Andrew R.; Williams, John W.; Vellend, Mark; Vitt, Pati; Zellmer, Sandra.

    In: BioScience, Vol. 62, No. 8, 08.2012, p. 732-743.

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    Schwartz, MW, Hellmann, JJ, McLachlan, JM, Sax, DF, Borevitz, JO, Brennan, J, Camacho, AE, Ceballos, G, Clark, JR, Doremus, H, Early, R, Etterson, JR, Fielder, D, Gill, JL, Gonzalez, P, Green, N, Hannah, L, Jamieson, D, Javeline, D, Minteer, BA, Odenbaugh, J, Polasky, S, Richardson, DM, Root, TL, Safford, HD, Sala, O, Schneider, SH, Thompson, AR, Williams, JW, Vellend, M, Vitt, P & Zellmer, S 2012, 'Managed relocation: Integrating the scientific, regulatory, and ethical challenges', BioScience, vol. 62, no. 8, pp. 732-743. https://doi.org/10.1525/bio.2012.62.8.6
    Schwartz MW, Hellmann JJ, McLachlan JM, Sax DF, Borevitz JO, Brennan J et al. Managed relocation: Integrating the scientific, regulatory, and ethical challenges. BioScience. 2012 Aug;62(8):732-743. https://doi.org/10.1525/bio.2012.62.8.6
    Schwartz, Mark W. ; Hellmann, Jessica J. ; McLachlan, Jason M. ; Sax, Dov F. ; Borevitz, Justin O. ; Brennan, Jean ; Camacho, Alejandro E. ; Ceballos, Gerardo ; Clark, Jamie R. ; Doremus, Holly ; Early, Regan ; Etterson, Julie R. ; Fielder, Dwight ; Gill, Jacquelyn L. ; Gonzalez, Patrick ; Green, Nancy ; Hannah, Lee ; Jamieson, Dale ; Javeline, Debra ; Minteer, Ben A. ; Odenbaugh, Jay ; Polasky, Stephen ; Richardson, David M. ; Root, Terry L. ; Safford, Hugh D. ; Sala, Osvaldo ; Schneider, Stephen H. ; Thompson, Andrew R. ; Williams, John W. ; Vellend, Mark ; Vitt, Pati ; Zellmer, Sandra. / Managed relocation : Integrating the scientific, regulatory, and ethical challenges. In: BioScience. 2012 ; Vol. 62, No. 8. pp. 732-743.
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