Public may have final say in extinction choices

Hugh Possingham

Which native species will survive for future generations is a dilemma that can be solved by society, not society, a leading ecologist has said.

Hugh Possingham, director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) at the University of Queensland, said that world-first Australian research was showing that it was now possible to estimate how many species can be saved based on how much was spent on protecting them and their habitats.

For the first time we are starting to get a handle on the return on investment from conservation,” he said.

However, this also clearly shows that, at current levels of funding and current rates of extinction, we won’t be able to save everything.

It will come down to a public decision about what kind of Australia we really want, which native species we should strive to keep – and how many we feel we can afford to let go.” Continue reading Public may have final say in extinction choices