Effective Engagement of Conservation Scientists with Decision-Makers

David C. Rose, Megan C. Evans, Rebecca M. Jarvis

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This chapter offers advice on how the conservation science community can effectively engage with decision-makers. The rationales for why we, as scientists, need to do this have been widely discussed in the literature. Often, the reasons offered are normative, pragmatic, or instrumental (de Vente, 2016); in other words, there is a belief that engaging with decision-makers leads to better informed, more acceptable decisions. Indeed, better engagement may lead to the greater uptake of evidence for conservation decisions, something which some scholars argue is a priority for effective management (e.g. Gardner et al., 2018; Sutherland and Wordley, 2017).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConservation Research, Policy and Practice
EditorsWilliam J. Sutherland, Peter N. M. Brotherton, Zoe G. Davies, Nancy Ockendon, Nathalie Pettorelli, Juliet A. Vickery
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781108638210
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • adaptive management
  • conservation
  • decision-making
  • evidence
  • management planning
  • monitoring
  • practitioners

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