Does what we say reflect what we think?
CEED researchers have found that the term ‘biodiversity’ is less prevalent in conservation policy discourse these days.
In an effort to learn about how biodiversity conservation has been framed in recent years, Alex Kusmanoff and colleagues at RMIT University analysed the text of media releases by the Australian Government environment portfolio and the Australian Conservation Foundation over a ten year period (from 2003 – 2014). They found that there has been a decrease in the use of the term ‘biodiversity’ and an increase in the use of economic language, including regular use of ‘ecosystem services’ concepts.
In contrast, over the same time period, ‘biodiversity’ has increased in use within scientific literature.
What does this mean for biodiversity conservation? There is concern that consistent framing of biodiversity in economic terms (such as ecosystem services) will promote the value of biodiversity as a resource over its intrinsic value.
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Kusmanoff AM, F Fidler, A Gordon& SA Bekessy (2017). Decline of ‘biodiversity’ in conservation policy discourse in Australia. Environmental Science & Policy 77 160-165 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2017.08.016 .