The ESA needs more than double its current funding

The ESA needs more than double its current funding

Abstract

The goals of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) are to prevent extinction and recover species, but these goals can only be met if the law is fully funded. Unfortunately, Congress has appropriated only a small portion of what scientists say is needed for recovery. Here, we review decades of data on ESA implementation to develop informed recommendations for the funding that the ESA needs to succeed in its urgently important mission. This work highlights the severe past underfunding of the ESA and what is truly needed to meet our obligations to conserving listed species.

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Jacob Malcom
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As Director in the Center for Conservation Innovation at Defenders, Jacob leads CCI’s work at the intersection of science, technology, and policy to improve conservation outcomes, especially for threatened and endangered species.