Chapter 6 Study Questions

  1. Contrast three conservation prioritization schemes: biodiversity hotspots, Global 200 ecoregions, and crisis ecoregions. What are the benefits of each approach? Are there any drawbacks to these approaches? What do you find most compelling about each approach?
  2. In Case Study 6.2 in the textbook, McNeely and Scherr describe two distinct strategies that can be implemented to enhance the compatibility of agricultural and conservation goals: enhancing the suitability of the agricultural matrix for conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Explain why each might lead to conservation gains. Do you prefer one strategy over the other, and if so, why? If not, why not?
  3. How important is ecological history in conservation assessment? What examples of how knowledge of an area’s history informed conservation strategies can you find (e.g., through literature or Internet searches)?