We need your help!
Biodiversity faces unprecedented challenges arising from habitat destruction and degradation, climate change and other stressors. Addressing these challenges compels conservation management decisions to be informed by science – the most comprehensive knowledge system in place to understand natural phenomena. But keeping up with today’s science is a challenge in itself, the body of ecological knowledge is growing faster than ever before. In practice, there are many obstacles to incorporating scientific evidence into decisions (including common misconceptions about the theory or models used to inform decision making; a topic that will be covered in a future issue of Decision Point).
I am conducting an online study to explore how evidence influences judgement in conservation decision making. Your participation in this research will provide important information on the interplay between technical (science-based) information and value judgements in decision making for conservation, and help identify factors that can help or hinder effective incorporation of evidence into decisions. The findings will potentially contribute to the knowledge on how to improve communication and knowledge transfer between science and policy/practice.
This study will be of greatest interest to scientific experts, policy or decision makers, managers, or practitioners working in conservation, environment or related fields. However, anyone with an interest in these topics is encouraged to participate. (This study has concluded).