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Pathways towards a sustainable future envisioned by early-career conservation researchers

Raatikainen, Kaisa J. and Purhonen, Jenna and Pohjanmies, Tahti and Peura, Maiju and Nieminen, Eini and Mustajarvi, Linda and Helle, Ilona and Shennan-Farpon, Yara and Ahti, Pauliina A. and Basile, Marco and Bernardo, Nicola and Bertram, Michael and Bouarakia, Oussama and Brias-Guinart, Aina and Fijen, Thijs and Froidevaux, Jeremy S. P. and Hemmingmoore, Heather and Hocevar, Sara and Kendall, Liam and Lampinen, Jussi and Marjakangas, Emma-Liina and Martin, Jake M. and Oomen, Rebekah A. and Sidemo-Holm, William and Silva, Andre P. and Thorbjornsen, Susanna Huneide and Torrents-Tico, Miquel and Zhang, Di and Ziemacki, Jasmin (2021). Pathways towards a sustainable future envisioned by early-career conservation researchers. Conservation science and practice. 3 , e493
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Scientists have warned decision-makers about the severe consequences of the global environmental crisis since the 1970s. Yet ecological degradation continues and little has been done to address climate change. We investigated early-career conservation researchers' (ECR) perspectives on, and prioritization of, actions furthering sustainability. We conducted a survey (n = 67) and an interactive workshop (n = 35) for ECR attendees of the 5th European Congress of Conservation Biology (2018). Building on these data and discussions, we identified ongoing and forthcoming advances in conservation science. These include increased transdisciplinarity, science communication, advocacy in conservation, and adoption of a transformation-oriented social-ecological systems approach to research. The respondents and participants had diverse perspectives on how to achieve sustainability. Reformist actions were emphasized as paving the way for more radical changes in the economic system and societal values linked to the environment and inequality. Our findings suggest that achieving sustainability requires a strategy that (1) incorporates the multiplicity of people's views, (2) places a greater value on nature, and (3) encourages systemic transformation across political, social, educational, and economic realms on multiple levels. We introduce a framework for ECRs to inspire their research and practice within conservation science to achieve real change in protecting biological diversity.

Authors/Creators:Raatikainen, Kaisa J. and Purhonen, Jenna and Pohjanmies, Tahti and Peura, Maiju and Nieminen, Eini and Mustajarvi, Linda and Helle, Ilona and Shennan-Farpon, Yara and Ahti, Pauliina A. and Basile, Marco and Bernardo, Nicola and Bertram, Michael and Bouarakia, Oussama and Brias-Guinart, Aina and Fijen, Thijs and Froidevaux, Jeremy S. P. and Hemmingmoore, Heather and Hocevar, Sara and Kendall, Liam and Lampinen, Jussi and Marjakangas, Emma-Liina and Martin, Jake M. and Oomen, Rebekah A. and Sidemo-Holm, William and Silva, Andre P. and Thorbjornsen, Susanna Huneide and Torrents-Tico, Miquel and Zhang, Di and Ziemacki, Jasmin
Title:Pathways towards a sustainable future envisioned by early-career conservation researchers
Series Name/Journal:Conservation science and practice
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:3
Article number:e493
Number of Pages:15
ISSN:2578-4854
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
Keywords:Anthropocene, biodiversity loss, climate change, global change, leverage points, new conservation, radicalism, reformism, sustainability, world Scientists' warning to humanity
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-112823
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-112823
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1111/csp2.493
Web of Science (WoS)000678893300001
ID Code:25536
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:30 Sep 2021 15:25
Metadata Last Modified:30 Sep 2021 15:31

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