Making conservation research more relevant for conservation practitioners

Laurance, William F., Koster, Harko, Grooten, Monique, Anderson, Anthony B., Zuidema, Pieter A., Zwick, Steve, Zagt, Roderick J., Lynam, Anthony J, Linkie, Matthew, and Anten, Niels P.R. (2012) Making conservation research more relevant for conservation practitioners. Biological Conservation, 153. pp. 164-168.

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Conservation scientists and practitioners share many of the same goals. Yet in a majority of cases, we argue, research conducted by academic conservation scientists actually makes surprisingly few direct contributions to environmental conservation. We illustrate how researchers can increase the utility and impact of their scientific findings for real-world conservation, using examples of pressing environmental challenges. These examples demonstrate some practices and principles that scientists can adopt to better assist conservation practitioners and advance specific conservation outcomes. These include (1) producing time-critical research rapidly enough to affect political outcomes; (2) attacking 'wicked' problems that transcend traditional scientific approaches; (3) using multidisciplinary approaches that link science with fields such as economics, sociology, and politics; and (4) communicating in a bolder, more direct manner in the public arena to advance environmental conservation. We conclude with a plea for more proactive dialogue between conservation scientists and practitioners when devising research priorities.

Item ID: 24455
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0006-3207
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2013 05:07
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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