Facilitating dynamic and inclusive biodiversity conservation in Britain: An Anthropocene perspective (NECR413)

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This report for Natural England proposes an approach to conservation centred on achieving positive future trajectories of dynamic change, applied to all locations and species, and based on societal inclusiveness.

Strategies to facilitate change: The authors take an Anthropocene perspective, in which human society and biodiversity have been inextricably linked for over 10,000 years, and continuing biodiversity change is inevitable.

Everywhere is important: Different places are important for different things, such as particular species or ecosystem services, and people vary in how they value these features. The authors suggest a perspective whereby every area is evaluated for what it is most important for, and what it could be most important for in future by considering possible trajectories of biodiversity and ecosystem change.

Enabling species to move: Genes and species undertake changes to their abundances and distributions in response to climatic and other environmental changes. The authors suggest that trans situ conservation be developed as a complement to traditional in situ (sites in the wild) and ex situ (in captivity) conservation.

For everyone: The justification for conservation commonly focuses attention on the benefits that individuals and society derive from the natural world, yet the benefits are not shared equitably.

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