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Arlettaz, R., M. Schaub, J. Fournier, T. S. Reichlin, A. Sierro,J. E. M. Watson & V. Braunisch (2010)
From Publications to Public Actions: When Conservation Biologists Bridge the Gap between Research and Implementation.
Biosci. 60 (10): 835–842
There is a vigorous debate about the capacity of conservation biology, as a scientific discipline, to effectively contribute to actions that preserve
and restore biodiversity. Various factors may be responsible for the current great divide that exists between conservation research and action. Part of the problem may be a lack of involvement by conservation scientists in actually conducting or helping implement concrete conservation actions, yet scientists’ involvement can be decisive for successful implementation, as illustrated here by the rapid recovery of an endangered hoopoe population in the Swiss Alps after researchers decided to implement the corrective measures they were proposing themselves. We argue that a conceptual paradigm shift should take place in the academic conservation discipline toward more commitment on the part of researchers to turn conservation science into conservation action. Practical implementation should be regarded as an integrated part of scientific conservation activity, as it actually constitutes the ultimate assessment of the effectiveness of the recommended conservation guidelines, and should be rewarded as such.
Keywords: the great divide, theory-implementation gap, evidence-based conservation, social commitment, conservation in practice