Using dynamic models to aid the conservation of harvested populations – Matthew Holden

In this talk, we discuss dynamic modelling to improve the conservation of exploited species. Using simple coupled nonlinear differential equations, we will explore how the price of plant and animal products can reveal the fate of harvested populations under different management scenarios, such as trade bans, better enforcement of harvest regulations, and advertising campaigns. We will elucidate some of the results by discussing the illegal trade of ivory, and its effects on future African elephant population sizes.


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