Striving for quality (and efficiency) in conservation
Conservation, as we all know it too well, is always short of resources. The technical and economic means needed to stop and reverse the negative trends in many of the current biodiversity indicators are huge and possibly beyond the combined efforts of all institutions and conservation organizations. In spite of the generally increasing levels of political awareness on the acute crisis faced by biodiversity worldwide, the dimension of the issues to be addressed is daunting and admittedly at times, overwhelming.
Hence, what can a private and small organization ever hope to contribute to alleviating the current crisis? Several strategic approaches can be adopted. In the past decades, many important and powerful conservation organizations have tested many methodologies with a variety of results. Some strategies have focused on a few priority and highly threatened species or habitat types, others on building long-term relationships with local and national governments, and others on preventing and eliminating serious threats such as poaching and illegal trade of protected species. All strategies have pros and cons and each is suited to the technical and economic capability of the individual organizations.