Cross-boundary collaboration: Key to the conservation puzzle

Salit Kark*, Ayesha Tulloch, Ascelin Gordon, Tessa Mazor, Nils Bunnefeld, Noam Levin

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Abstract

Conservation science is advancing rapidly, yet the majority of research overlooks a key factor that can play a major role in shaping the outcomes of conservation initiatives: collaboration. Here, we review the importance, benefits and limitations of incorporating collaboration into conservation and specifically into systematic conservation planning, providing a general framework for considering collaboration in conservation planning. Recent work shows that cross-boundary collaboration can have both positive and negative impacts on the outcomes of conservation and management efforts for protected areas, ecosystems, threatened and invasive species. The feasibility of collaboration, its likely effects and associated trade-offs should therefore be explicitly incorporated into conservation science and planning. This will ensure that conservation decisions avoid wasted funding when collaboration is infeasible, promoting collaboration when the benefits outweigh the costs.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)12-24
Number of pages13
JournalCurrent Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Volume12
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2015

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