Complementary resource control

Biodiversity conservation may be threatened by a lack of complementary or supporting resources, in particular, water and environmental quality. Thus, an essential component in the design of conservation systems is the provision of sufficient complementary resources to attain the desired conservation goal. For example, assuring a continuous supply of good quality water or providing access to water reserves in periods of drought can be a critical form of agricultural biodiversity conservation. Similarly, policy mechanisms (zoning, taxation, direct control) or incentives (purchasing of development rights) may be needed to divert or prevent pollution damages in areas designated for conservation and sustainable use.

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