Understanding and managing conservation conflicts

Steve M. Redpath, Juliette Young, Anna Evely, William M. Adams, William J. Sutherland, Andrew Whitehouse, Arjun Amar, Robert A. Lambert, John D.C. Linnell, Allan Watt, R. J. Gutiérrez

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Conservation conflicts are increasing and need to be managed to minimise negative impacts on biodiversity, human livelihoods, and human well-being. Here, we explore strategies and case studies that highlight the long-term, dynamic nature of conflicts and the challenges to their management. Conflict management requires parties to recognise problems as shared ones, and engage with clear goals, a transparent evidence base, and an awareness of trade-offs. We hypothesise that conservation outcomes will be less durable when conservationists assert their interests to the detriment of others. Effective conflict management and long-term conservation benefit will be enhanced by better integration of the underpinning social context with the material impacts and evaluation of the efficacy of alternative conflict management approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-109
Number of pages10
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2013

Bibliographical note

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We are very grateful to Phil Hulme and Mike Manfredo for their constructive comments. This paper grew out of discussions at the Conference on Conservation Conflicts in Aberdeen, 2011 and a workshop at the Society for Conservation Biology conference in Auckland in 2011. We are grateful to all those involved in debating these issues. The project was supported by funding from a Scottish Research Development Grant to the Aberdeen Centre for Environmental Sustainability, Aberdeen University's Principal Fund, the EU FP7 HUNTing for sustainability project and the British Ecological Society.

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