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Conservation Biology Research: Its Challenges and Contexts

abstract1 (full description below): Pp 271-286 in Conservation Biology: Research priorities for the next decade. Michael Soul
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Although protected areas are the essential core of conservation strategies, by themselves they are not sufficient for the task of preserving nature. Conservationists, and their partners (conservation biologists, funders, some philosophers and theologians, etc.), have the additional responsibility of educating decision makers so that their policies are better informed. One of the changes that has occurred in conservation biology during the last two decades, and is reflected in the research priorities identified, is the growing appreciation of the complexity of interactions in nature and the varied spatial and temporal scales and contexts in which they operate.