On the point

Beginning at the end

If you read this issue backwards, there’s an interesting thread that reveals something about the science of EDG.

Much of our science begins with workshops around themes of  common interest. Sometimes these discussions begin with big questions like: What are the big questions for marine conservation planning in a changing world? Sometimes these discussions occur further down the road and are more about refinements on a specific process such as: How can we apply adaptive management better for the reintroduction of species?

These workshops invariably lead to multiple working groups who go out to explore the potential of different approaches raised at the workshops. Again, the exploration might be broad such as investigating the utility of integrating social values in conservation planning. Or it might be answering a specific question like what’s possible and what’s optimal when it comes to establishing biodiverse carbon plantings on Indigenous land?

The best science, in terms of conservation outcomes, is that science done in collaboration with stakeholders because then the research usually directly informs management actions. Our story on eradicating hawkweed from our precious alpine ecosystems demonstrates what’s possible when excellent science lies at the core of a science/management partnership. This is connected science producing good results in real time.

But how do you tell the world about your science when that science is complex and normally only served up in impenetrable academic journals? One answer is to turn your research into a plain-speaking video. And that’s exactly what a group of EDG researchers (from across our network) have done. Don Driscoll describes his own personal journey in becoming a video producer and then discusses our inaugural EDG video competition and our six finalists.

Of course, you don’t have to read Decision Point backwards to realise its full potential but sometimes it’s worth remembering that the workshop reports that appear at the end are really only the beginning.