Publication update 8: Better SAFE than sorry

It’s been a while since we’ve posted a publication update, but that’s not to say Rimba’s researchers haven’t been publishing!

In this update, we’re featuring a letter published two months ago in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. Led by Prof. Corey Bradshaw with three other co-authors including Reuben, this letter was written in response to several critics of the SAFE index.

Publication update 3: The SAFE Index – what it is and what it isn’t

A conservationist’s work is all about saving endangered species. We all know that. Most of us in the business are also familiar with the IUCN Red List, which categorises species according to how threatened they are.

But have you ever wondered just how close a species really is to extinction? What does it mean exactly, when a species is endangered? And are all endangered species equally endangered? What if you had a limited amount of resources – a bit of funding here, a few members of staff there, and a whole bunch of species that need saving.

Or perhaps it all comes down to a choice between two different species. They’re both endangered. But you can’t save them both, because the resources you have simply aren’t enough. You have to choose. How do you choose? Wouldn’t you want some method to help you decide which species you should invest your resources and effort in?

This is what the SAFE Index is all about.

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