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    How many nature reserves should there be? Where should they be located? Which places have highest priority for protection? Conservation biologists, economists, and operations researchers have been developing quantitative methods to address these questions since the 1980s.

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    ​Haight, Robert G.; Snyder, Stephanie A. 2009. Integer programming methods for reserve selection and design. In: Moilanen, Atte; Wilson, Kerrie A.; Possingham, Hugh, eds. Spatial conservation prioritization. Quantitative methods and computational tools. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press: 43-57. Chapter 4.

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