A conflict management tool for conservation agencies

Young, Juliette Claire; Thompson, Des B.A.; Moore, Peter; MacGugan, Alastair; Watt, Allan; Redpath, Stephen Mark. 2016 A conflict management tool for conservation agencies. Journal of Applied Ecology, 53 (3). 705-711.

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1. Growing pressure on natural resources is leading to more conservation conflicts. Governments and their statutory agencies devote increasing financial and human resources to this subject, but tend to adopt reactive, ad hoc approaches to management. 2. We combined theory and empirical data about five conservation conflicts in a transdisciplinary collaboration to co-develop a novel decision-making tool. 3. This tool uses a systematic stepwise approach with six distinct decision stages: (i) establishing whether there is a conflict or an impact; (ii) understanding the context of the conflict, including the stakeholders affected; (iii) developing shared understanding of the conflict and goals; (iv) building a consensus on how to reach the goals; (v) implementing measures; and (vi) monitoring the outcomes. 4. Policy implications. We argue this new tool has wide applicability and democratic legitimacy and offers an exciting and practical approach to improve the management of conservation conflicts.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Watt
ISSN: 0021-8901
Additional Keywords: capercaillie, conflict resolution, framing, mountain hare, participation, pine marten, sawbill duck, sea eagle, trust, urban gull
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 16 Mar 2016 12:40 +0 (UTC)

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