18 Jul '12, 10pm

Better conservation requires better communication

Better conservation requires better communication

Lisa Kelley, special to mongabay.com July 18, 2012 Dallying means less nature to study. Forest conversion for oil palm in Malaysia. Conservation science, though mission-driven, often achieves only “tenuous relevance” to conservation policy, asserts a recent commentary in Biological Conservation . As a remedy — and to help bridge the "large gulf between what scientists wish to produce and what they actually deliver" — the authors, led by William F. Laurance of James Cook University, explore steps that can increase the impact of new findings. They conclude that conservation scientists need to quickly respond to help assess time-sensitive policies and programs and critically evaluate conservation programs already in existence. They also argue that conservation scientists should not shy away from complex problems that require collaborations outside their home discipline. Seagr...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0718-kelley-better-conserva...

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