The 'why', 'what' and 'how' of monitoring for conservation

Julia P.G. Jones, Gregory P. Asner, Stuart H.M. Butchart, K. Ullas Karanth

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Summary: This chapter offers a path through the rapidly expanding literature on monitoring in the context of conservation. It illustrates the importance of having a clearly articulated reason to monitor, discusses questions of what to monitor, and describes how analytical and technical advances are changing the landscape of conservation monitoring. It also stress that professional ecologists should not necessarily have a monopoly and that many types of monitoring can benefit enormously from the involvement of non-professionals. To make sure monitoring programmes get the 'why', 'what' and 'how' right requires close collaboration between those with a clear idea of what is needed (whether these are decision makers at the local, national or global scale) and conservation scientists (who can provide the technical and practical skills required). Such collaboration is essential if investment of valuable conservation resources in monitoring is to provide the maximum possible conservation benefit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationKey Topics in Conservation Biology 2
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9780470658765
StatePublished - Feb 25 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Conservation scientists
  • Decision makers
  • Landscape conservation monitoring
  • Professional ecologists

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Environmental Science
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Medicine


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