Effective conservation science must shift away from doomsday views and toward solutions: Study

Mongabay.com

  • Too much of conservation research focuses on describing the state of nature, in particular declines in biodiversity, and not on developing sustainable solutions to conservation challenges, say the authors of a new study.
  • Studies that “ring the alarm bell” tend to dominate because of the challenges of doing the kind of complex multidisciplinary research needed to develop workable solutions, and the fact that professional and financial incentives are lacking for the latter kind of work.
  • The researchers highlighted three cases in which the accumulated body of research on a particular conservation challenge took a solution-oriented trajectory and met with success: South Asian vultures, whooping cranes, and seabird bycatch.

Conservation science that more effectively serves the goals of protecting and enhancing global biodiversity must shift away from tracking declines and toward devising real-world solutions, a recent study suggests.

Too much of the field’s research focuses on describing the state of nature (such as the fact that a particular population is declining), and too little on what is causing those declines and how to address it, the authors write in their paper in the journal Conservation Letters. Tiếp tục đọc “Effective conservation science must shift away from doomsday views and toward solutions: Study”

Lions, chimps, sharks get added protection under UN convention

 
Ponso, the only surviving chimpanzee of a colony of 20 apes, sits in a tree on Chimpanzee Island in Ivory Coast, where the ape population has plummeted by 90 percent in just two decades AFP/ISSOUF SANOGO

MANILA: Lions, chimpanzees, giraffes, leopards and a wide variety of sharks received added protection at a UN wildlife conference in the Philippines, organisers said Saturday (Oct 28).

Some 34 endangered species were selected to receive heightened conservation efforts at the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) conference that just concluded in Manila. Tiếp tục đọc “Lions, chimps, sharks get added protection under UN convention”