...And how one of the world's leading conservationists says we can fix it
Dr. Alan Rabinowitz is a wildlife conservationist rock star -- insofar as there is such a thing as a conservationist rock star, that is. No further evidence is needed then his talk at Poptech 2010, where he brought down the house and roused a standing ovation with the story of his lifelong commitment to protecting big cats. He opened up the world's first jaguar preserve in South America, and is responsible for creating the world's largest tiger reserve in Burma. But despite his achievements in the field, Rabinowitz is nonetheless convinced that the traditional model of wildlife conservation is failing miserably. He sat down for an in-depth interview and explained why--and how we can get it back on course. Rabinowitz addresses the problem, bluntly and to the point: Traditional conservation is failing -- biodiversity loss is continuing unabated, the species we've set out to protect are more endangered than ever, and so on. His investment metaphor is especially apt. There are a lot of videos here, but if you're interested in the future of conservation, they're all very much worth watching -- if we're going to turn around the current trend of fast-declining wildlife and biodiversity, we're going to need more thinking like this.
Conservation needs to "scale up":
He goes on to talk about what it is that's wrong with the current wildlife conservation models, and how they can be fixed:
And finally, here, Rabinowitz goes further into depth on what he views as the way to upgrade wildlife conservation to a better, more scalable, and effective model: Wildlife corridors.
Dr. Alan Rabinowitz is the CEO of the conservation group Panthera, and is one of the world's leading wildlife conservationists.
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