The major barriers to evidence-informed conservation policy and possible solutions

Rose, David C., Sutherland, William J., Amano, Tatsuya, Gonzalez-Varo, Juan P., Robertson, Rebecca J., Simmons, Benno I., Wauchope, Hannah S., Kovacs, Eszter, Durán, América Paz, Vadrot, Alice B. M., Wu, Weiling, Dias, Maria P., Di Fonzo, Martina M. I., Ivory, Sarah, Norris, Lucia, Nunes, Matheus Henrique, Nyumba, Tobias Ochieng, Steiner, Noa, Vickery, Juliet and Mukherjee, Nibedita (2018) The major barriers to evidence-informed conservation policy and possible solutions. Conservation Letters. ISSN 1755-263X (In Press)

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    Conservation policy decisions can suffer from a lack of evidence, hindering effective decision-making. In nature conservation, studies investigating why policy is often not evidence-informed have tended to focus on Western democracies, with relatively small samples. To understand global variation and challenges better, we established a global survey aimed at identifying top barriers and solutions to the use of conservation science in policy. This obtained the views of 758 people in policy, practice, and research positions from 68 countries across six languages. Here we show that, contrary to popular belief, there is agreement about how to incorporate conservation science into policy, and there is thus room for optimism. Barriers related to the low priority of conservation were considered to be important, while mainstreaming conservation was proposed as a key solution. Therefore, priorities should include the elaboration of public policy pathways with education initiatives that promote the importance of long-term conservation-compatible policies.

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    Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
    Depositing User: Pure Connector
    Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2018 14:30
    Last Modified: 20 Apr 2018 16:32

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