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Improving Habitat Models and their Utility in Koala Conservation

Cork, Steven J; Hume, I; Foley, William

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Models of what makes good koala habitat are a key to developing effective conservation policy and practices. Koala habitat models are based on (1) ecological studies of high-density koala populations in limited areas, (2) physiological studies of koala nutrition and characteristics of food plants, and (3) surveys of koala geographic distribution and biophysical features of forests and woodlands. The role of models in koala conservation varies because legislators, decisionmakers, land managers,...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorCork, Steven J
dc.contributor.authorHume, I
dc.contributor.authorFoley, William
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T23:21:46Z
dc.identifier.issn0888-8892
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/91142
dc.description.abstractModels of what makes good koala habitat are a key to developing effective conservation policy and practices. Koala habitat models are based on (1) ecological studies of high-density koala populations in limited areas, (2) physiological studies of koala nutrition and characteristics of food plants, and (3) surveys of koala geographic distribution and biophysical features of forests and woodlands. The role of models in koala conservation varies because legislators, decisionmakers, land managers, and citizens have different expectations and uses for models. Although current habitat models address many of these needs, overall they lack sufficient certainty and authority to resolve disputes and develop policy. Unpublished and inadequately peer-reviewed data and models add to misinterpretation and argument. Improvements are needed in the decision-making process to increase the constructive involvement of all interest groups and to focus on the koala conservation problem, thereby reducing use of the popular media and courts of law to achieve objectives.
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
dc.sourceConservation Biology
dc.subjectKeywords: ecological modeling; mammal; species conservation
dc.titleImproving Habitat Models and their Utility in Koala Conservation
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
local.identifier.citationvolume14
dc.date.issued2000
local.identifier.absfor050202 - Conservation and Biodiversity
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub21791
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationCork, Steven J, Land and Water Australia
local.contributor.affiliationHume, I, University of Sydney
local.contributor.affiliationFoley, William, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage660
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage668
local.identifier.doi10.1046/j.1523-1739.2000.99389.x
dc.date.updated2015-12-12T09:08:28Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-0034046201
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