Future oriented conservation: knowledge governance, uncertainty and learning

Wyborn, Carina, van Kerkhoff, Lorrae, Dunlop, Michael, Dudley, Nigel and Guevara, Oscar (2016) Future oriented conservation: knowledge governance, uncertainty and learning. Biodiversity and Conservation, 25 7: 1401-1408. doi:10.1007/s10531-016-1130-x

Author Wyborn, Carina
van Kerkhoff, Lorrae
Dunlop, Michael
Dudley, Nigel
Guevara, Oscar
Title Future oriented conservation: knowledge governance, uncertainty and learning
Journal name Biodiversity and Conservation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0960-3115
Publication date 2016-05-24
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10531-016-1130-x
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 25
Issue 7
Start page 1401
End page 1408
Total pages 8
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Despite significant progress in understanding climate risks, adaptation efforts in biodiversity conservation remain limited. Adaptation requires addressing immediate conservation threats while also attending to long term, highly uncertain and potentially transformative future changes. To date, conservation research has focused more on projecting climate impacts and identifying possible strategies, rather than understanding how governance enables or constrains adaptation actions. We outline an approach to future oriented conservation that combines the capacities to anticipate future ecological change; to understand the implications of that change for social, political and ecological values; and the ability to engage with the governance (and politics) of adaptation. Our approach builds on the adaptive management and governance literature, however we explicitly address the (often contested) rules, knowledge and values that enable or constrain adaptation. We call for a broader focus that extends beyond technical approaches to acknowledge the sociopolitical challenges inherent to adaptation. More importantly, we suggest that conservation policy makers and practitioners can use this approach to facilitate learning and adaptation in the context of complexity, transformational change and uncertainty.
Keyword Climate adaptation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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