Can the USA spend the money it allocates to Endangered Species recovery more effectively, and so achieve better conservation outcomes? This is what the SESYNC group lead by Dr. Leah Gerber (Arizona State University) & Dr. Michael Runge (U.S. Geological Survey) are working on with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Resources for the Future, Ohio State University, Duke University, University of Queensland, the NZ Department of Conservation, Melbourne University, KDV Decision Analysis and the White House Center on Environmental Quality. We met at SESYNC headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland in March 2016 to co-develop a decision framework to facilitate recovery and spending decisions.
It was my pleasure to join the team on this worthwhile endeavour and I look forward to working with Dr. Richard Maloney (New Zealand Department of Conservation), Dr. Libby Rumpff (University of Melbourne) and Dr. Gwen Icona (University of Queensland) to adapt successful decision support tools from Australia and New Zealand to the realities of endangered species recovery in the USA.
For more information about the group visit the SESYNC website: https://www.sesync.org/project/ventures/esa-decision-making