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Providing evidence to improve practice

Individual study: The role of 'Conservation Evidence' in improving conservation management

Published source details

Sutherland W.J., Mitchell R. & Prior S. V. (2012) The role of 'Conservation Evidence' in improving conservation management. Conservation Evidence, 9, 1-2


Effective global conservation will depend upon us learning from the experiences of those on the front line of conservation practice. In the chase for impact factors,  many journals have moved away from what they often disparagingly refer to as ‘case studies’ and are looking for papers with greater generality. Interestingly, research shows there is very little relationship between impact factors and the usefulness of the research to conservation (Sutherland 2011). It is increasingly difficult to publish papers that simply test an intervention. We believe that conservation practice would be more effective in both cost and conservation outcome if evidence based interventions were used.

Conservation Evidence was launched in 2004 with the objective of filling the gap of determining effectiveness of interventions and in the last nine years has published 261 papers from 23 countries. We welcome original papers that examine the key conservation practices of  habitat management (Robertson 2010), species management (de Clavijo 2010), invasive plants (Visser, Louw & Cuthbert 2010)  and reintroductions (Ortiz-Catedral & Brunton 2010), but also are very pleased to receive papers that look at other approaches, such as changing attitudes and education (Balakrishnan 2010).