To address the global extinction crisis, both efficient use of existing conservation funding and new sources of funding are vital. Private sponsorship of charismatic ‘flagship’ species conservation represents an important source of new funding, but has been criticized as being biased and inefficient. In this study, we clearly show that private funding for flagships can often result in additional species saved from extinction, via conservation actions that are shared among species. By integrating sponsorship for flagships into more objective approaches that maximize shared benefits, and by using flagships to generate additional resources, more species can be saved from extinction.
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The Environmental Decisions Group is a network of conservation researchers working on the science of effective decision making to better conserve biodiversity. The EDG includes a variety of Australian and International research centres, hubs and teams, all focused on Environmental Decisions Science, including, but not limited to:
With such a wide range of scientific institutions and groups involved in The EDG, including hundreds of researchers ranging from PhD, Masters and Honours students, through Early Career Researchers to senior Research fellows, research funding obviously comes from a variety of sources. However in 2011, The EDG simultaneously secured substantial funding through the Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence program and the Australian Governments National Environmental Research Program.
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