Game auction prices are not related to biodiversity contributions of southern African ungulates and large carnivores

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dc.contributor.author Dalerum, Fredrik
dc.contributor.author Marinda, Maria
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-12T12:12:39Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-12T12:12:39Z
dc.date.issued 2016-02-25
dc.description.abstract There is an urgent need for human societies to become environmentally sustainable. Because public policy is largely driven by economic processes, quantifications of the relationship between market prices and environmental values can provide important information for developing strategies towards sustainability. Wildlife in southern Africa is often privately owned and traded at game auctions to be utilized for commercial purposes mostly related to tourism. This market offers an interesting opportunity to evaluate how market prices relate to biologically meaningful species characteristics. In this market, prices were not correlated with species contributions to either phylogenetic or functional diversity, and species contributions to phylogenetic or functional diversity did not influence the trends in prices over time for the past 20 years. Since this economic market did not seem to appreciate evolutionary or ecologically relevant characteristics, we question if the game tourism market may contribute towards biodiversity conservation in southern Africa. We suggest that market prices in general may have limited values as guides for directing conservation and environmental management. We further suggest that there is a need to evaluate what humans value in biological organisms, and how potentially necessary shifts in such values can be instigated. en_ZA
dc.description.department Mammal Research Institute en_ZA
dc.description.department Zoology and Entomology en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2016 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship FD received financial support from University of Pretoria, the National Research Foundation and a Ramón y Cajal fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.nature.com/scientificreports en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Dalerum, F. and Miranda, M. Game auction prices are not related to biodiversity contributions of southern African ungulates and large carnivores. Sci. Rep. 6, 21922; DOI: 10.1038/srep21922 (2016). en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2045-2322
dc.identifier.other 10.1038/srep21922
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/52604
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Nature Publishing Group en_ZA
dc.rights This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. en_ZA
dc.subject Public policy en_ZA
dc.subject Market prices en_ZA
dc.subject Sustainability en_ZA
dc.subject Wildlife en_ZA
dc.title Game auction prices are not related to biodiversity contributions of southern African ungulates and large carnivores en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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