Improving conservation practice with principles and tools from systems thinking and evaluation

Periodo de realización: 1900/01/01 al 2019/01/01

Tipo: Artículo científico

Resumen: "Achieving nature conservation goals require grappling with ‘wicked’ problems. These intractable problems arise from thecomplexity and dynamism of the social–ecological systems in which they are embedded. To enhance their ability to addressthese problems, conservation professionals are increasingly looking to the transdisciplines of systems thinking and evaluation,which provide philosophies, theories, methods, tools and approaches that show promise for addressing intractableproblems in a variety of other sectors. These transdisciplines come together especially around praxis, i.e., the process bywhich a theory or idea is enacted, embodied or realized. We present a review and synthesis of the learnings about praxis thathave emerged from The Silwood Group, a consortium of conservation professionals, professional evaluators, and complexityand systems thinkers. The Silwood Group believes that for conservation activities to achieve ambitious goals, we shouldbenefit nature without compromising the well-being of people, and that framing a praxis for conservation in the context ofsocial–ecological systems will provide the greatest potential for positive impact. The learnings are presented as four keyprinciples of a ‘praxis for effective conservation’. The four principles are: (1) attend to the whole with humility"

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