From Reintroduction to Assisted Colonization: Moving along the Conservation Translocation Spectrum

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Abstract

Translocation, the intentional movement of living organ- isms from one area to another is increasingly being used as a conservation tool to overcome barriers to dispersal. A dichotomy exists for conservation-oriented transloca- tions: on one hand, there are those that release plants or animals into known historic ranges and on the other hand, there are releases outside historic distributions.Mis- use of or attempts to redefine established terms and a proliferation of variants of new terms such as assisted col- onization, confuse and hamper communication. The aim of this opinion article is to describe and define a conserva- tion translocation spectrum, from species reintroductions to assisted colonization, and beyond, and in so doing pro- vide a standard framework and terminology for discussing translocation options. I suggest that we are moving along this spectrum, away from the dictates of historical species

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  • Ecological engineering
  • Novel ecosystems
  • Population restoration
  • Species introductions

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  • Philip J. Seddon

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