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Trends Ecol Evol. 2013 Feb;28(2):100-9. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2012.08.021. Epub 2012 Oct 3.

Understanding and managing conservation conflicts.

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Aberdeen Centre for Environmental Sustainability, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, AB24 2TZ, UK. s.redpath@adbn.ac.uk

Abstract

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.

PMID:
23040462
DOI:
10.1016/j.tree.2012.08.021
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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