Pathways towards a sustainable future envisioned by early‐career conservation researchers
Raatikainen, K. J., Purhonen, J., Pohjanmies, T., Peura, M., Nieminen, E., Mustajärvi, L., Helle, I., Shennan-Farpón, Y., Ahti, P. A., Basile, M., Bernardo, N., Bertram, M. G., Bouarakia, O., Brias-Guinart, A., Fijen, T., Froidevaux, J. S. P., Hemmingmoore, H., Hocevar, S., Kendall, L., . . . Ziemacki, J. (2021). Pathways towards a sustainable future envisioned by early‐career conservation researchers. Conservation Science and Practice, 3(9), Article e493. https://doi.org/10.1111/csp2.493
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DisciplineResurssiviisausyhteisöSolu- ja molekyylibiologiaEkologia ja evoluutiobiologiaAkvaattiset tieteetSchool of Resource WisdomCell and Molecular BiologyEcology and Evolutionary BiologyAquatic Sciences
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Scientists have warned decision-makers about the severe consequences of the global environmental crisis since the 1970s. Yet ecological degradation continues and little has been done to address climate change. We investigated early-career conservation researchers' (ECR) perspectives on, and prioritization of, actions furthering sustainability. We conducted a survey (n = 67) and an interactive workshop (n = 35) for ECR attendees of the 5th European Congress of Conservation Biology (2018). Building on these data and discussions, we identified ongoing and forthcoming advances in conservation science. These include increased transdisciplinarity, science communication, advocacy in conservation, and adoption of a transformation-oriented social–ecological systems approach to research. The respondents and participants had diverse perspectives on how to achieve sustainability. Reformist actions were emphasized as paving the way for more radical changes in the economic system and societal values linked to the environment and inequality. Our findings suggest that achieving sustainability requires a strategy that (1) incorporates the multiplicity of people's views, (2) places a greater value on nature, and (3) encourages systemic transformation across political, social, educational, and economic realms on multiple levels. We introduce a framework for ECRs to inspire their research and practice within conservation science to achieve real change in protecting biological diversity. ...
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luonnonsuojelu anthropocene biodiversity loss climate change global change leverage points new conservation radicalism reformism sustainability world Scientists' warning to humanity antroposeeni ympäristönsuojelu yhteiskunnallinen muutos ilmastonmuutokset luonnon monimuotoisuus reformismi tutkijat ympäristö kestävä kehitys biodiversiteetti ilmastostrategiat ympäristöpolitiikka
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Additional information about funding“la Caixa” Banking Foundation; Australian Government Research Training Program; Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council; Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft; Emil Aaltosen Säätiö; James S. McDonnell Foundation; Koneen Säätiö; NSERC Discovery Grant; Suomen Kulttuurirahasto
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