Of experts and public preferences

Are they seeing eye to eye when it comes to conservation?

There is an increasing reliance on experts and expert judgement in decision making in regards to conservation (see ‘So you think you’re an expert’ in DPoint #58). That’s to be expected given the complexity of many conservation issues, the frequent demand for quick decisions and the very limited resources available to fix problems.

In the realm of policy, the role of the expert often goes beyond technical advice. Expert judgements are often fed into decisions on the basis that they will result in outcomes that are in the best interests of the public. This raises the question of whether expert judgement reflects the broader preferences of the public – a matter that is often overlooked by both decision makers and researchers…

 

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