Integrating ecological knowledge, public perception and urgency of action into invasive species management

Caplat, Paul and Coutts, Shaun R. (2011) Integrating ecological knowledge, public perception and urgency of action into invasive species management. Environmental Management, 48 5: 878-881. doi:10.1007/s00267-011-9747-8


Author Caplat, Paul
Coutts, Shaun R.
Title Integrating ecological knowledge, public perception and urgency of action into invasive species management
Journal name Environmental Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0364-152X
1432-1009
Publication date 2011-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s00267-011-9747-8
Volume 48
Issue 5
Start page 878
End page 881
Total pages 4
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Springer New York
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Recently Prévot-Julliard and colleagues presented a concept paper on biological conservation strategies using exotic species as a case study. They emphasized the difficulty of integrating conservation into a broad picture that accounts for public perception as well as scientific knowledge. We support this general call for better integration of society in conservation research, but we believe that the original framework might misguide conservation practices if wrongly interpreted. Our objective is to complement their paper and correct a few misleading points, by showing that (1) for regions of high endemicity “reservation” may be the best conservation practice, and does not prevent public participation, (2) aiming for broad societal agreement is valuable, but in some cases risky, and always complex, and (3) calling a harmful invasive species harmful shouldn’t be an issue. The Australian context provides us with many cases of the labeling of exotic species as harmful or not, using inputs from scientists, industry, and the public. Integration of social and scientific points of view can only improve conservation on the ground if it allows managers to use the ecological, economic and social impacts of exotic species to prioritize conservation actions in an operative way.
Keyword Conservation policy
Invasive management
Australia
Social integration
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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