Title of symposium:
Making Science Matter - from conservation research to implementation

Principal organizer:
Bea Maas
Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research, University of Vienna, Austria

Co-organizers:
Alice Hughes
Centre for Integrative Conservation, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Symposium summary
The impact and relevance of conservation research ultimately depends on whether and how successfully scientific evidence is communicated and put into practice. Scientists, conservationists, practitioners and decision makers are constantly faced with the challenge of overcoming a “research-implementation” gap and related challenges in effective planning and evaluation of conservation actions, knowledge transfer and communication, education and capacity building. At least two-thirds of conservation assessments published in the peer-reviewed scientific literature do not deliver conservation action, primarily because most researchers never plan for implementation and observed trends that scientific information accumulates. Furthermore, in many cases data is never made available to those who can act on it, due to paywalls, language and other logistical barriers. Thus, this gap appears to persist and limit the potential of conservation research in practice.

The aim of the symposium is to present the latest findings, solutions and methods from different disciplines on this topic, in order to stimulate a comprehensive discussion incorporating diverse perspectives to build cooperation and explore mechanisms to help overcome limitations. Initially, talks will reflect mechanisms to measure human dependence on biodiversity, before discussing how these needs can be met through effective landscape management. We then go on to explore mechanisms to engage society in research, implementation and management, before showcasing more direct mechanisms to translate science to policy. We will discuss tools to enable better conservation relevant research and then synthesize these concepts, and what they mean for effective conservation at various scales.

List of speakers and presentation titles

 

Confirmed list of speakers:  

Confirmed title of presentation:

1

Bea Maas
Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research, University of Vienna, Austria

Ecosystem services in tropical agroforestry - opportunities for conservation, mainstreaming, and implementation

2

Josef Settele
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Halle, Germany

Ecosystem services in rice production landscapes, insights from LEGATO and links to IPBES assessments, with a special focus on pollination

3

Damayanti Buchori
Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), Bogor, Indonesia

Landscape complexity and semi-natural habitat structure affect diversity of beneficial insects in tropical agriculture: Implications towards land management and policies

4

Cagan Sekercioglu
Department of Biology, University of Utah, United States of America

Promoting community-based bird monitoring in the tropics: Conservation, research, environmental education, capacity-building, and local incomes

5

Maria J Ferreira dos Santos
Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, Netherlands

Role of actors and conflict in building local capacity to implement conservation decisions on the ground

6

Renata Pardini
Departamento de Zoologia, Instituto de Biociências, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

Understanding the perspectives on the science–practice gap in Ecology and Conservation

7

Joe Chun-Chia Huang
Biodiversity Research Center Academia Sinica, Interdisciplinary Research Building, Taipei, Taiwan  

Towards an open science platform for Asian Soundscape network

8

Alice Hughes
Centre for Integrative Conservation, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yunnan, China

Translating conservation science into conservation action