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Conservation conversations: a typology of barriers to conservation success

Sanders, Michele Jeanette; Miller, Laura; Bhagwat, Shonil A. and Rogers, Alex Conservation conversations: a typology of barriers to conservation success. Oryx (Early Access).

URL: http://doi.org/10.1017/S0030605319000012
DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0030605319000012
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Abstract

Despite considerable achievements in the field of conservation, biodiversity continues to decline and conservation initiatives face numerous barriers. Although many of these barriers are well known, for example insufficient funding and capacity, there has been no systematic attempt to catalogue and categorize them into a typology. Because risks compromise the conservation mission, any barrier to success is a risk. Here we present the first attempt at identifying key barriers. We analyse extensive interviews with 74 conservationists, primarily from Africa but with international experience, to identify potential risks to their projects and use that information to create a typology of barriers to conservation success. We draw on the literature to explain the prevalence of some of the barriers identified. We suggest that this typology could form the basis of heuristic tools that conservationists can use to identify and manage potential risks to their projects, thereby improving decision-making, strategic planning and, ultimately, overall impact. The typology is also useful for the conservation community (comprising conservationists and funders) to help implement better practices and improve the likelihood of success. We present examples of such work already underway and suggest more can be done to continue to improve.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2019 Fauna & Flora International
ISSN: 0030-6053
Keywords: Barriers to success; conservation; failure; risk management; typology
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 69565
Depositing User: Shonil Bhagwat
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2020 09:56
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2020 03:17
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/69565
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