Using a social-ecological framework to inform the implementation of conservation plans

Guerrero, Angela M. and Wilson, Kerrie A. (2016) Using a social-ecological framework to inform the implementation of conservation plans. Conservation Biology, 31 2: 290-301. doi:10.1111/cobi.12832

Author Guerrero, Angela M.
Wilson, Kerrie A.
Title Using a social-ecological framework to inform the implementation of conservation plans
Journal name Conservation Biology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1523-1739
Publication date 2016-12-21
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/cobi.12832
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 31
Issue 2
Start page 290
End page 301
Total pages 12
Place of publication Malden, MA, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Subject 1105 Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
2303 Ecology
2309 Nature and Landscape Conservation
Abstract One of the key determinants of success in biodiversity conservation is how well conservation planning decisions account for the social system in which actions are to be implemented. Understanding elements of how the social and ecological systems interact can help identify opportunities for implementation. Utilizing data from a large-scale conservation initiative in southwestern of Australia, we explored how a social-ecological system framework can be applied to identify how social and ecological factors interact to influence the opportunities for conservation. Using data from semistructured interviews, an online survey, and publicly available data, we developed a conceptual model of the social-ecological system associated with the conservation of the Fitz-Stirling region. We used this model to identify the relevant variables (remnants of vegetation, stakeholder presence, collaboration between stakeholders, and their scale of management) that affect the implementation of conservation actions in the region. We combined measures for these variables to ascertain how areas associated with different levels of ecological importance coincided with areas associated with different levels of stakeholder presence, stakeholder collaboration, and scales of management. We identified areas that could benefit from different implementation strategies, from those suitable for immediate conservation action to areas requiring implementation over the long term to increase on-the-ground capacity and identify mechanisms to incentivize implementation. The application of a social-ecological framework can help conservation planners and practitioners facilitate the integration of ecological and social data to inform the translation of priorities for action into implementation strategies that account for the complexities of conservation problems in a focused way.
Keyword Conservation opportunity
Conservation planning
Conservation prioritization
Social-ecological systems
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
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