Citizens in the woodwork

Conservation and collaboration in the Mediterranean Sea

Collaboration can reduces conservation costs in the marine realm The problem with countries collaborating for conservation is that it takes too much effort. Well, that’s a common perception anyway. The truth is that if it’s done properly you can get better conservation outcomes. What’s more, in some situations collaboration is the only sensible way to […]

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Strategies to bridge the divide

Mechanisms that help scientists and decision makers work together There is a growing body of evidence to show that scientists often don’t answer the questions most important to managers. It is also increasingly clear that while decision makers value scientific information (see Decision Point #70), they do not routinely use science even when it’s available. […]

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Gondwana Link and decision theory

Reflecting on the fruits of collaborative research Four years ago we embarked on a collaborative research project that aimed to explore how environmental decision making and spatial prioritisation might contribute to improving the conservation outcomes of Gondwana Link, one of Australia’s largest and most ambitious conservation projects (see the box on research partners or see […]

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What drives landholders to tender for conservation?

Tender programs are an increasingly common way of engaging landowners to undertake conservation actions on their land. High participation is critical to these schemes as competition is required for the cost-effectiveness benefits of the tender system to be fully realized. However, there is limited knowledge on why landholders participate in tender programs. This study aims […]

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Religion and conservation

EO Wilson, one of the world’s most influential ecologists, once wrote: “Religion and science are the two most powerful forces in the world today… If [they] could be united on the common ground of biological conservation, the problem [of biodiversity loss] would soon be solved.” Religion inherently iinforms morality and has for centuries guided people […]

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