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Understanding and avoiding misplaced efforts in conservation

Ford, Adam T. and Ali, Abdullahi H and Colla, Sheila R and Cooke, Steven J. and Lamb, Clayton T and Pittman, Jeremy and Shiffman, David S and Singh, Navinder (2021). Understanding and avoiding misplaced efforts in conservation. FACETS. 6 , 252-271
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Abstract

Conservation relies on cooperation among different interest groups and appropriate use of evidence to make decisions that benefit people and biodiversity. However, misplaced conservation occurs when cooperation and evidence are impeded by polarization and misinformation. This impedance influences actions that directly harm biodiversity, alienate partners and disrupt partnerships, waste resources, misinform the public, and (or) delegitimize evidence. As a result of these actions, misplaced conservation outcomes emerge, making it more difficult to have positive outcomes for biodiversity. Here we describe cases where a failed appreciation for cooperation, evidence, or both have eroded efforts to conserve biodiversity. Generally, these case studies illustrate that averting misplaced conservation requires greater adherence to processes that elevate the role of evidence in decision-making and that place collective, long-term benefits for biodiversity over the short-term gains of individuals or groups. Efforts to integrate human dimensions, cooperation, and evidence into conservation will increase the efficacy and success of efforts to conserve global biodiversity while benefiting humanity.

Authors/Creators:Ford, Adam T. and Ali, Abdullahi H and Colla, Sheila R and Cooke, Steven J. and Lamb, Clayton T and Pittman, Jeremy and Shiffman, David S and Singh, Navinder
Title:Understanding and avoiding misplaced efforts in conservation
Series Name/Journal:FACETS
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:6
Page range:252-271
Number of Pages:20
Publisher:CANADIAN SCIENCE PUBLISHING
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
Keywords:conflict, evidence, prioritization, cooperation, fake news, decision-making, unintended consequences, communication
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-111329
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-111329
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1139/facets-2020-0058
Web of Science (WoS)000623144000001
ID Code:23112
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:08 Apr 2021 14:03
Metadata Last Modified:08 Apr 2021 14:11

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