Making a better case for biodiversity conservation: the BESAFE project

Bugter, Rob; Harrison, Paula ORCID:; Haslett, John; Tinch, Rob. 2018 Making a better case for biodiversity conservation: the BESAFE project [in special issue: Effective argumentation for biodiversity conservation in Europe] Biodiversity and Conservation, 27 (7). 1549-1560.

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This Editorial to the BESAFE special issue introduces the project and its approach and case studies. The BESAFE (EC 7th Framework programme) project investigated how the effectiveness of different types of arguments for biodiversity conservation depends on the context in which they are used. Our results show that tailoring of argumentation to audience within the course of decision processes is the main factor determining effectiveness. We consistently found arguments linked to intrinsic value (e.g. moral or ethical obligation arguments) as shared and supported widely, and thus offering common ground between parties. Economic arguments are effective as additional ones, but not as replacements. Next generation biodiversity conservation strategies can probably improve their effectiveness by emphasizing and better explaining the synergies between traditional conservation and especially regulating and cultural services.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Soils and Land Use (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 0960-3115
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Additional Keywords: arguments for biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, science policy interfaces
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
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Date made live: 16 May 2018 12:39 +0 (UTC)

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