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

Downey, H ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1976-6973, Amano, T, Cadotte, M ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5816-7693, Cook, CN, Cooke, SJ, Haddaway, NR, Jones, JPG ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5199-3335, Littlewood, N, Walsh, JC ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5284-4323, Abrahams, MI, Adum, G, Akasaka, M, Alves, JA, Antwis, RE ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8849-8194, Arellano, EC, Axmacher, J, Barclay, H, Batty, L, Benítez‐López, A, Bennett, JR, Berg, MJ, Bertolino, S, Biggs, D, Bolam, FC, Bray, T, Brook, BW ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2491-1517, Bull, JW ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7337-8977, Burivalova, Z, Cabeza, M, Chauvenet, ALM ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3743-7375, Christie, AP ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8465-8410, Cole, L ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3929-0530, Cotton, AJ, Cotton, S, Cousins, SAO, Craven, D, Cresswell, W, Cusack, JJ, Dalrymple, SE ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6806-855X, Davies, ZG, Diaz, A ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2368-0630, Dodd, JA, Felton, A, Fleishman, E, Gardner, CJ, Garside, R, Ghoddousi, A, Gilroy, JJ, Gill, D, Gill, JA, Glew, L, Grainger, MJ, Grass, AA, Greshon, S, Gundry, J, Hart, T ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4527-5046, Hopkins, CR, Howe, C, Johnson, A, Jones, KW, Jordan, NR, Kadoya, T, Kerhoas, D, Koricheva, J ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9033-0171, Lee, TM ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2698-9358, Lengyel, S, Livingstone, SW ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1031-8904, Lyons, A, McCabe, G, Millett, J, Strevens, CM, Moolna, A, Mossman, HL ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5958-5320, Mukherjee, N ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2970-1498, Muñoz‐Sáez, A, Negrões, N, Norfolk, O ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2909-304X, Osawa, T, Papworth, S, Park, KJ, Pellet, J, Phillott, AD, Plotnik, JM, Priatna, D, Ramos, AG, Randall, N, Richards, RM, Ritchie, EG, Roberts, DL, Rocha, R, Rodríguez, JP, Sanderson, R ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9580-4751, Sasaki, T, Savilaakso, S, Sayer, C, Sekercioglu, C, Senzaki, M, Smith, G, Smith, RJ, Soga, M ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1758-4199, Soulsbury, CD ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8808-5210, Steer, MD, Stewart, G, Strange, EF, Suggitt, AJ ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7697-7633, Thompson, RRJ, Thompson, S, Thornhill, I ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3818-1380, Trevelyan, RJ, Usieta, HO, Venter, O, Webber, AD, White, RL, Whittingham, MJ, Wilby, A, Yarnell, RW, Zamora, V and Sutherland, WJ ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6498-0437 2021, 'Training future generations to deliver evidence‐based conservation and ecosystem management' , Ecological Solutions and Evidence, 2 (1) , e12032.

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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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ** Article version: VoR ** From Crossref journal articles via Jisc Publications Router ** Licence for VoR version of this article starting on 25-01-2021: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ **Journal IDs: pissn 2688-8319; eissn 2688-8319 **History: published_online 25-01-2021
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Ecological Solutions and Evidence
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 2688-8319
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Funders: MAVA Foundation, Arcadia Fund
SWORD Depositor: Publications Router
Depositing User: Publications Router
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2021 11:43
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2021 11:45
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/59530

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