Conservation Science Webinar Series

Conservation Science

The National Conservation Training Center's Conservation Science Webinar Series attempts to cut through the spin and rhetoric by providing the science behind conservation issues in the news.

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Schedule

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Description

Date: September 25th, 2014
Time: 2:00-3:00PM ET
Topic: Challenges and Benefits of Broad-scale Management and Conservation: Lessons Learned from Programs Across 50 Years and 3 Continents
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Archive: If you are unable to attend this webinar, it will be recorded and posted on the Conservation Science Webinar Series Archive approximately 1-2 weeks after the presentation.
Presenter: Dr. Erik Beever, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center, USGS.

Description:

Picture of world.Integration of conservation efforts across geographic, biological, and administrative boundaries is a major movement in natural-resource management. This style of management and problem-solving is increasingly relevant, because drivers of change such as climate shifts, fire, and invasive species increasingly transcend these multidimensional boundaries and pervade conservation efforts on individual sites.  Although the benefits of broad-scale conservation are compelling, it represents a complex challenge, owing to uncertainties in scaling up information and concepts as well as in coordination that addresses a more-diverse set of issues, governance structures, and partners.  I and other researchers sought to explore the particular successes and challenges of established broad-scale conservation programs, to provide direction for future research towards a larger goal of enhancing effectiveness of broad-scale conservation (e.g., the LCC system).  Using 17 questions, we gathered information from representatives of a diverse set of 11 broad-scale conservation partnerships spanning 29 countries on three continents.  Despite demonstrated successes of these organizations, we revealed specific challenges that can hinder long-term success of broad-scale conservation.  Engaging stakeholders, developing conservation measures, and implementing adaptive management were dominant challenges.  Although these challenges have been identified previously in isolation, we used our results to develop integrative research questions addressing each of these challenges to inform and support effectiveness of existing and emerging broad-scale conservation efforts.   I will share a list of challenges and a list of benefits reported by those engaged in broad-scale management and conservation around the world, as well as results regarding individual parts of the conservation process.

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Contacts

Registration

Marilyn Williams, Training Technician, Conservation Science and Policy Branch, National Conservation Training Center at 304-876-7940; e-mail marilyn_williams@fws.gov

Content

Matthew Patterson, Course Leader, Conservation Science and Policy Branch, National Conservation Training Center at 304-876-7473; e-mail matthew_patterson@fws.gov