March 16, 2009 – March 18, 2009
Conservation planners are frequently confronted with an overabundance of conservation requirements competing for a restricted supply of resources. To choose which areas or taxa to target for protection, how to manage them, and how to track the results of management, wildlife management professionals must evaluate choices based on a slew of variables.
Decision analysis based on multicriteria is a structured technique that avoids many of the pitfalls present in ad hoc rating systems. We’ll study how to (1) correctly arrange objectives and criteria and use them in conservation decision making, and (2) how to identify (and correct) inherent problems with certain current rating systems.