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Transforming conservation science and practice for a postnormal world

Colloff, MJ; Lavorel, S; van Kerkhoff, LE; Wyborn, CA; Fazey, I; Gorddard, R; Mace, GM; ... Degeorges, P; + view all (2017) Transforming conservation science and practice for a postnormal world. Conservation Biology , 31 (5) pp. 1008-1017. 10.1111/cobi.12912. Green open access

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Abstract

We examine issues to consider when reframing conservation science and practice in the context of global change. New framings of the links between ecosystems and society are emerging that are changing peoples’ values and expectations of nature, resulting in plural perspectives on conservation. Reframing conservation for global change can thus be regarded as a stage in the evolving relationship between people and nature rather than some recent trend. New models of how conservation links with transformative adaptation include how decision contexts for conservation can be reframed and integrated with an adaptation pathways approach to create new options for global‐change‐ready conservation. New relationships for conservation science and governance include coproduction of knowledge that supports social learning. New processes for implementing adaptation for conservation outcomes include deliberate practices used to develop new strategies, shift world views, work with conflict, address power and intergenerational equity in decisions, and build consciousness and creativity that empower agents to act. We argue that reframing conservation for global change requires scientists and practitioners to implement approaches unconstrained by discipline and sectoral boundaries, geopolitical polarities, or technical problematization. We consider a stronger focus on inclusive creation of knowledge and the interaction of this knowledge with societal values and rules is likely to result in conservation science and practice that meets the challenges of a postnormal world.

Type: Article
Title: Transforming conservation science and practice for a postnormal world
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12912
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.12912
Language: English
Additional information: © 2017 The Authors. Conservation Biology published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of Society for Conservation Biology. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution‐NonCommercial License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).
Keywords: adaptation pathways, adaptation services, adaptive governance, coproduction, global change, learning, transformation, values‐rules‐knowledge, aprendizaje, cambio global, conocimiento‐reglas‐valores, co‐producción, gobernanza adaptativa, servicios de adaptación, transformación, transformación
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences > Genetics, Evolution and Environment
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1543079
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