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Integrating Ex Situ Management Options as Part of a One Plan Approach to Species Conservation

Integrating Ex Situ Management Options as Part of a One Plan Approach to Species Conservation

Chapter:
(p.129) Chapter Ten Integrating Ex Situ Management Options as Part of a One Plan Approach to Species Conservation
Source:
The Ark and Beyond
Author(s):
Kathy Traylor-HolzerKristin LeusOnnie Byers
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226538631.003.0011

In-situ and ex-situ communities often develop their species conservation plans independently, which may result in ex-situ activities that are not structured appropriately for maximum conservation benefit. The One Plan Approach to species conservation promotes the joint development of management strategies and conservation actions for all populations of a species by all responsible parties to produce a single comprehensive conservation plan for the species. Ex-situ activities have the potential to address primary threats, buy time in emergency situations, offset population instability, and restore wild populations. New IUCN guidelines for ex-situ management outline an informed and transparent decision process that defines potential conservation roles and evaluates their feasibility, risks, and likelihood of success. This decision process is flexible and can be applied as a component of a single species conservation planning process as well as in a more general conservation needs assessment across multiple species. This approach leads to improved collection planning for zoos and provides additional tools for addressing both short-term and long-term threats to species in the wild. By including all stakeholders and evaluating all possible management options, the One Plan Approach ensures that all conservation resources are used to save a species from extinction.

Keywords:   One Plan Approach, conservation planning, guidelines, ex situ, in situ, stakeholders, IUCN

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