To make relevant recommendations and optimize conservation decisions, we need to get to a better understanding of land cost, as experienced by conservation organizations. However, limited data regarding actual conservation costs means that we often rely on more readily available proxies (such as agricultural land values) instead.
The potential problem with this approach is that the dynamics of conservation land transactions could be very different from those of agricultural lands, and there is a risk that such estimates do not preserve the spatial pattern of variation in actual protected area acquisition costs.
Here is a video that was made as part of the NIMBioS Graduate Award that I received for this project.
More details and figures to come...