Cooperative Extension: A Model of Science-Practice Integration for Ecosystem Restoration

David, Erica, Dixon, Kingsley W., and Menz, Myles H.M. (2016) Cooperative Extension: A Model of Science-Practice Integration for Ecosystem Restoration. Trends in Plant Science, 21 (5). pp. 410-417.

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Restoration ecology is a science, driven by practical application. Despite the well-recognized disconnect between the science and practice of ecological restoration, there is a lack of practical solutions. In 2014, US agriculture marked the 100th anniversary of the Cooperative Extension Service, providing a timely reminder that the divide between science and practice can be bridged successfully. Major restoration efforts are underway across the globe and integrated science-practice communication is required to avoid project failure and a significant waste of resources. Here, we propose a three-tiered approach, re-emphasizing the integration of science-based practice in restoration utilizing the structure, function, and potential for success of the Cooperative Extension Service of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a model for connecting science and practice in ecosystem restoration. The gap between science and practice is a long-recognized concern in restoration ecology, but there is a lack of practical solutions. Without successful communication, significant resources will be wasted on potentially misguided global restoration efforts. The Cooperative Extension Service successfully bridged the science-practice gap in American agriculture. Here, we discuss how such a framework could be applied to bridge the science-practice gap in restoration ecology.

Item ID: 71355
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1878-4372
Keywords: Communication, Cooperative extension service, Education, Restoration ecology, Science-practice gap
Copyright Information: © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2022 04:37
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410405 Environmental rehabilitation and restoration @ 100%
SEO Codes: 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1806 Terrestrial systems and management > 180604 Rehabilitation or conservation of terrestrial environments @ 50%
19 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL HAZARDS > 1902 Environmental policy, legislation and standards > 190203 Environmental education and awareness @ 50%
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