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Training future generations to deliver evidence‐based conservation and ecosystem management

Downey, Harriet, Amano, Tatsuya, Cadotte, Mark, Cook, Carly N., Cooke, Steven J., Haddaway, Neal R., Jones, Julia P. G., Littlewood, Nick, Walsh, Jessica C., Abrahams, Mark I., and others. (2021) Training future generations to deliver evidence‐based conservation and ecosystem management. Ecological Solutions and Evidence, 2 (1). Article Number e12032. ISSN 2688-8319. (doi:10.1002/2688-8319.12032) (KAR id:85679)

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1. To be effective, the next generation of conservation practitioners and managers need to be critical thinkers with a deep understanding of how to make evidence‐based decisions and of the value of evidence synthesis.2. If, as educators, we do not make these priorities a core part of what we teach, we are failing to prepare our students to make an effective contribution to conservation practice.3. To help overcome this problem we have created open access online teaching materials in multiple languages that are stored in Applied Ecology Resources. So far, 117 educators from 23 countries have acknowledged the importance of this and are already teaching or about to teach skills in appraising or using evidence in conservation decision‐making. This includes 145 undergraduate, postgraduate or professional development courses.4. We call for wider teaching of the tools and skills that facilitate evidence‐based conservation and also suggest that providing online teaching materials in multiple languages could be beneficial for improving global understanding of other subject areas.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1002/2688-8319.12032
Uncontrolled keywords: critical thinking, education, evidence, open access
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Funders: Arcadia Fund (
Depositing User: Bob Smith
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2021 17:37 UTC
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2023 13:52 UTC
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