Working Paper

Best Available Science and Imperiled Species Conservation: Challenges, Opportunities, and Partnerships. A Business, Government, and NGO Dialogue

Dec 18, 2014 | James W. Boyd


This document reports on a July 2014 dialogue at Resources for the Future between the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and representatives of the business, NGO, and academic communities convened to address science challenges associated with Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing and recovery decisions. The dialogue described the volume and timing of near-term listing and recovery decisions; identified science gaps pertinent to candidate species protection, listing, and recovery; explored the role of multiple-species protections and landscape-scale conservation science and its role in ESA implementation; and assessed the possibility and virtues of science collaboration within the private sector and between the private sector and FWS.