Breaking the deadlock on ivory

Biggs, Duan, Holden, Matthew H., Braczkowski, Alex, Cook, Carly N., Milner-Gulland, E. J., Phelps, Jacob, Scholes, Robert J., Smith, Robert J., Underwood, Fiona M., Adams, Vanessa M., Allan, James, Brink, H., Cooney, R., Gao, Y., Hutton, J., Macdonald-Madden, Eve, Maron, Martine, Redford, Kent H., Sutherland, William J. and Possingham, Hugh P. (2017) Breaking the deadlock on ivory. Science, 358 6369: 1378-1381. doi:10.1126/science.aan5215

Author Biggs, Duan
Holden, Matthew H.
Braczkowski, Alex
Cook, Carly N.
Milner-Gulland, E. J.
Phelps, Jacob
Scholes, Robert J.
Smith, Robert J.
Underwood, Fiona M.
Adams, Vanessa M.
Allan, James
Brink, H.
Cooney, R.
Gao, Y.
Hutton, J.
Macdonald-Madden, Eve
Maron, Martine
Redford, Kent H.
Sutherland, William J.
Possingham, Hugh P.
Title Breaking the deadlock on ivory
Journal name Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1095-9203
Publication date 2017-12-15
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1126/science.aan5215
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 358
Issue 6369
Start page 1378
End page 1381
Total pages 4
Place of publication Washington, DC United States
Publisher American Association for the Advancement of Science
Language eng
Subject 1000 General
Formatted abstract
Poaching for ivory has caused a steep decline in African elephant (Loxodonta africana, see the photo) populations over the past decade (1). This crisis has fueled a contentious global debate over which ivory policy would best protect elephants: banning all ivory trade or enabling regulated trade to incentivize and fund elephant conservation (2). The deep-seated deadlock on ivory policy consumes valuable resources and creates an antagonistic environment among elephant conservationists. Successful solutions must begin by recognizing the different values that influence stakeholder cognitive frameworks of how actions lead to outcomes (“mental models”) (3), and therefore their diverging positions on ivory trade (4). Based on successful conflict resolution in other areas, we propose an iterative process through which countries with wild elephant populations may be able to understand their differences and develop workable solutions in a less confrontational manner.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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