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Why Politics and Context Matter in Conservation Policy

FLP Damiens, L Mumaw, A Backstrom, SA Bekessy, B Coffey, R Faulkner, GE Garrard, MJ Hardy, AM Kusmanoff, L Mata, L Rickards, MJ Selinske, N Torabi, A Gordon

Global Policy | Published : 2017

Abstract

Kareiva and Fuller (2016) consider the future prospects for biodiversity conservation in the face of the profound disruptions of the Anthropocene. They argue that more flexible and entrepreneurial approaches to conservation are needed. While some of the approaches they promote may work in particular situations, we believe their proposal risks unintended and detrimental social and ecological consequences by presenting them as global solutions to complex political, economic, social and ethical problems that are context-dependent. Here we argue that the authors inadequately considers the following core issues of biodiversity conservation, namely: (1) the structural causes of biodiversity deplet..

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