Training future generations to deliver evidence-based conservation and ecosystem management

Harriet Downey, Tatsuya Amano, Mark Cadotte, Carly Cook, Steven Cooke, Neal Haddaway, Julia Jones, Nick Littlewood, Jessica Walsh, Mark Abrahams, Gilbert Adum, Munemitsu Akasaka, Jose Alves, Rachael Antwis, Eduardo Arellano, Jan Axmacher, Holly Barclay, Lesley Batty, Ana Benítez-López, Joseph BennettMaureen Berg, Sandro Bertolino, Duan Biggs, Friederike Bolam, Tim Bray, Barry Brook, Joseph Bull, Zuzana Burivalova, Mar Cabeza, Alienor Chauvenet, Alec Christie, Lorna Cole, Alison Cotton, Sam Cotton, Sara Cousins, Dylan Craven, Will Cresswell, Jeremy Cusack, Sarah Dalrymple, Zoe Davies, Anita Diaz, Jennifer Dodd, Adam Felton, Erica Fleishman, Charlie Gardner, Ruth Garside, Arash Ghoddousi, James Gilroy, David Gill, Jennifer Gill, Louise Glew, Matthew Grainger, Amelia Grass, Stephanie Greshon, Jamie Gundry, Tom Hart, Charlotte Hopkins, Caroline Howe, Arlyne Johnson, Kelly Jones, Neil Jordan, Taku Kadoya, Daphne Kerhoas, Julia Koricheva, Tien Ming Lee, Szabolcs Lengyel, Stuart Livingstone, Ashley Lyons, Gráinne McCabe, Jonathan Millett, Chloë Montes Strevens, Adam Moolna, Hannah Mossman, Nibedita Mukherjee, Andrés Muñoz-Sáez, Nuno Negrões, Olivia Norfolk, Takeshi Osawa, Sarah Papworth, Kirsty Park, Jérôme Pellet, Andrea Phillott, Joshua Plotnik, Dolly Priatna, Alejandra Ramos, Nicola Randall, Rob Richards, Euan Ritchie, David Roberts, Ricardo Rocha, Jon Paul Rodríguez, Roy Sanderson, Takehiro Sasaki, Sini Savilaakso, Carl Sayer, Cagan Sekercioglu, Masayuki Senzaki, Grania Smith, Robert Smith, Masashi Soga, Carl Soulsbury, Mark Steer, Gavin Stewart, E.F. Strange, Andrew Suggitt, Ralph Thompson, Stewart Thompson, Ian Thornhill, R.J. Trevelyan, Hope Usieta, Oscar Venter, Amanda Webber, Rachel White, Mark Whittingham, Andrew Wilby, Richard Yarnell, Veronica Zamora-Gutierrez, William Sutherland

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1. To be effective, the next generation of conservation practitioners and managers need to be critical thinkers with a deep understanding of how to make evidence‐based decisions and of the value of evidence synthesis.

2. If, as educators, we do not make these priorities a core part of what we teach, we are failing to prepare our students to make an effective contribution to conservation practice.

3. To help overcome this problem we have created open access online teaching materials in multiple languages that are stored in Applied Ecology Resources. So far, 117 educators from 23 countries have acknowledged the importance of this and are already teaching or about to teach skills in appraising or using evidence in conservation decision‐making. This includes 145 undergraduate, postgraduate or professional development courses.

4. We call for wider teaching of the tools and skills that facilitate evidence‐based conservation and also suggest that providing online teaching materials in multiple languages could be beneficial for improving global understanding of other subject areas.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12032
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalEcological Solutions and Evidence
Issue number1
Early online date25 Jan 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021


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