Scale mismatches, conservation planning, and the value of social-network analyses

Guerrero, Angela M., Mcallister, Ryan R. J., Corcoran, Jonathan and Wilson, Kerrie A. (2013) Scale mismatches, conservation planning, and the value of social-network analyses. Conservation Biology, 27 1: 35-44. doi:10.1111/j.1523-1739.2012.01964.x

Author Guerrero, Angela M.
Mcallister, Ryan R. J.
Corcoran, Jonathan
Wilson, Kerrie A.
Title Scale mismatches, conservation planning, and the value of social-network analyses
Journal name Conservation Biology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0888-8892
Publication date 2013-02
Year available 2013
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2012.01964.x
Volume 27
Issue 1
Start page 35
End page 44
Total pages 10
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Many of the challenges conservation professionals face can be framed as scale mismatches. The problem of scale mismatch occurs when the planning for and implementation of conservation actions is at a scale that does not reflect the scale of the conservation problem. The challenges in conservation planning related to scale mismatch include ecosystem or ecological process transcendence of governance boundaries; limited availability of fine-resolution data; lack of operational capacity for implementation; lack of understanding of social-ecological system components; threats to ecological diversity that operate at diverse spatial and temporal scales; mismatch between funding and the long-term nature of ecological processes; rate of action implementation that does not reflect the rate of change of the ecological system; lack of appropriate indicators for monitoring activities; and occurrence of ecological change at scales smaller or larger than the scale of implementation or monitoring. Not recognizing and accounting for these challenges when planning for conservation can result in actions that do not address the multiscale nature of conservation problems and that do not achieve conservation objectives. Social networks link organizations and individuals across space and time and determine the scale of conservation actions; thus, an understanding of the social networks associated with conservation planning will help determine the potential for implementing conservation actions at the required scales. Social-network analyses can be used to explore whether these networks constrain or enable key social processes and how multiple scales of action are linked. Results of network analyses can be used to mitigate scale mismatches in assessing, planning, implementing, and monitoring conservation projects.
Keyword Conservation implementation
Conservation planning
Conservation problems
Mitigation of scale mismatch
Social-ecological processes
Social network analysis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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