Pathways towards a sustainable future envisioned by early-career conservation researchers

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Raatikainen , K J , Purhonen , J , Pohjanmies , T , Peura , M , Nieminen , E , Mustajärvi , L , Helle , I , Shennan-Farpon , 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 , Lampinen , J , Marjakangas , E-L , Martin , J M , Oomen , R A , Segre , H , Sidemo-Holm , W , Silva , A P , Thorbjornsen , S H , Torrents-Tico , M , Zhang , D & Ziemacki , J 2021 , ' Pathways towards a sustainable future envisioned by early-career conservation researchers ' , Conservation Science and Practice , vol. 3 , no. 9 , 493 .

Title: Pathways towards a sustainable future envisioned by early-career conservation researchers
Author: Raatikainen, Kaisa J.; Purhonen, Jenna; Pohjanmies, Tähti; Peura, Maiju; Nieminen, Eini; Mustajärvi, Linda; Helle, Ilona; Shennan-Farpon, Yara; Ahti, Pauliina A.; Basile, Marco; Bernardo, Nicola; Bertram, Michael G.; Bouarakia, Oussama; Brias-Guinart, Aina; Fijen, Thijs; Froidevaux, Jeremy S. P.; Hemmingmoore, Heather; Hocevar, Sara; Kendall, Liam; Lampinen, Jussi; Marjakangas, Emma-Liina; Martin, Jake M.; Oomen, Rebekah A.; Segre, Hila; Sidemo-Holm, William; Silva, Andre P.; Thorbjornsen, Susanna Huneide; Torrents-Tico, Miquel; Zhang, Di; Ziemacki, Jasmin
Contributor organization: Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Research Programme
Global Change and Conservation Lab
Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Date: 2021-09
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: Conservation Science and Practice
ISSN: 2578-4854
Abstract: 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.
Subject: Anthropocene
biodiversity loss
climate change
global change
leverage points
new conservation
world Scientists' warning to humanity
1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
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