Research: getting the right balance for wildfowl and wetlands

O'Connell, Mark ORCID: 0000-0003-3402-8880 (1999) Research: getting the right balance for wildfowl and wetlands. Wildfowl, 50. pp. 1-9.

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Many species, habitats and ecosystems are subject to a wide variety of anthropogenic influences. This has given rise to a broad diversity of conservation and management problems around the world, and the scientific community undertakes a range of applied research programmes that reflects this diversity of conservation needs. However, there is also a large body of research that is often termed pure research for which there are no explicit conservation objectives or end-users, but which nevertheless provides information that is fundamental to many areas of applied conservation. This paper discusses obtaining a balance between focusing limited conservation research resources on species where there is a need to prevent their imminent extinction, while at the same time recognising the for for providing population monitoring for more abundant species and a foundation of species and ecosystem knowledge that facilitates a conservation approach based on prevention rather than cure.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Prioritisation; Pure research; Applied research; Advocate groups; Utility; Balance
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > QL Zoology > QL605 Chordates. Vertebrates > QL671-699 Birds
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Mark O'Connell
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2017 16:17
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:59

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