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Training future generations to deliver evidence‐based conservation and ecosystem management

Downey, H; Axmacher, J; Sayer, C; Sutherland, W; (2021) Training future generations to deliver evidence‐based conservation and ecosystem management. Ecological Solutions and Evidence , 2 (1) , Article e12032. 10.1002/2688-8319.12032. Green open access

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Abstract

1. To be effective, the next generation of conservation practitioners and managers need to be critical thinkers with a deep understanding of how to make evidence‐based decisions and of the value of evidence synthesis. 2. If, as educators, we do not make these priorities a core part of what we teach, we are failing to prepare our students to make an effective contribution to conservation practice. 3. To help overcome this problem we have created open access online teaching materials in multiple languages that are stored in Applied Ecology Resources. So far, 117 educators from 23 countries have acknowledged the importance of this and are already teaching or about to teach skills in appraising or using evidence in conservation decision‐making. This includes 145 undergraduate, postgraduate or professional development courses. 4. We call for wider teaching of the tools and skills that facilitate evidence‐based conservation and also suggest that providing online teaching materials in multiple languages could be beneficial for improving global understanding of other subject areas.

Type: Article
Title: Training future generations to deliver evidence‐based conservation and ecosystem management
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/2688-8319.12032
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1002/2688-8319.12032
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10112245
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