Research needs in relation to the conservation of biodiversity in the UK

O'Connell, Mark ORCID: 0000-0003-3402-8880 and Yallop, Marian (2002) Research needs in relation to the conservation of biodiversity in the UK. Biological Conservation, 103 (2). pp. 115-123. doi:10.1016/S0006-3207(01)00125-2

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A number of key agreements and pieces of legislation within the UK have provided an important ‘framework’ for the conservation of our national biological diversity. In this paper an overview of the framework is provided and the associated research requirements classified into three broad themes: autecology and synecology, populations and environment. Evidence, for a deficiency between research need and the provision of this information from dedicated research programmes is discussed in relation to four key factors: (1) inadequate public sector funding, (2) gaps in knowledge within the research community of the existence of a statutory conservation framework and associated research needs, (3) a poor perception of conservation-oriented research and internal organisational pressures, and (4) a lack of an integrated government approach resulting in conflicts between national biodiversity obligations and support for conservation-oriented research. The paper also suggests that the required research provides a wealth of new strategic opportunities for the research community, and discusses the need to embrace new research processes as part of this work.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biodiversity; Research; Conservation; Framework; Strategic planning
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General) > S900 Conservation of natural resources including land conservation
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Mark O'Connell
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2017 15:23
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:59

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