Conservation should be practised through a landscape approach. This means that the customary narrow focus on species and site based biodiversity can be complemented by a more holistic view of the broader environmental, social and economic context of the area. The debate in the conservation community is about whether conservation should move to this New Conservation Science, which implies more focus on the services that nature provides for people, rather than ‘conservation for biodiversity’s sake’. But one does not exclude the other, as you can read here.
Biodiversity Business supports conservation projects that use this integrated holistic approach. You can see this for yourself, when you visit the beautiful Perhentian Islands in Malaysia, where Ecoteer’s community project blends with sea turtle conservation to help the islanders transition from fishing to tourism.