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Some practical suggestions for improving engagement between researchers and policy-makers in natural resource management

P Gibbons, C Zammit, K Youngentob, HP Possingham, DB Lindenmayer, S Bekessy, M Burgman, M Colyvan, M Considine, A Felton, RJ Hobbs, K Hurley, C McAlpine, MA McCarthy, J Moore, D Robinson, D Salt, B Wintle

Ecological Management and Restoration | Published : 2008

Abstract

Policy-makers and managers in natural resource management (NRM) often complain that researchers are out of touch. Researchers often complain that policy-makers and managers make poorly informed decisions. In this article, we report on a meeting between researchers, policy-makers and managers convened to identify practical solutions to improve engagement between these camps. A necessary starting point is that every researcher and policy-maker should understand, and tap into, the motivations and reward systems of the other when seeking engagement. For example, researchers can be motivated to engage in policy development if there is a promise of outputs that align with their reward systems such..

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