Are the niches of anthropocentric and biocentric conservationists really complementary?

I recently blogged about the old conservation / new conservation debate, mentioning that some have voiced the opinion that it’s of minor importance why we want to conserve nature, as long as we are united in that goal; and that having a range of reasons can even be rather useful, because some reasons may create…

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Aliens, natives and novel ecosystems

In a recent comment in Nature, titled “Don’t judge species on their origins”, Mark Davis and others call for judging ecosystems and the species therein in terms of their ecosystem functions, and not according to whether they are native or introduced to a region. Basically, they argue that the paradigm of conserving the native vegetation…