Integrating Social and Ecological Knowledge for Targeting Voluntary Biodiversity Conservation
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CitationPaloniemi R. Hujala T. Rantala S. Harlio A. Salomaa A. Primmer E. Pynnönen S. Arponen A. (2017). Integrating Social and Ecological Knowledge for Targeting Voluntary Biodiversity Conservation. Conservation Letters, [First published: 22 February 2017], 10.1111/conl.12340.
Improving the effectiveness of voluntary biodiversity policies requires developing trans-disciplinary conservation plans that consider social constraints to achieving ecological objectives. We integrated data on landowners’ willingness to participate in voluntary conservation efforts with ecological data on conservation values in a spatial prioritization, and found that doing so considerably reduced the loss in conservation value caused by landowners’ reluctance to participate. We learned that conducting prioritization with stakeholder input gained through dialogue during field visits could be beneficial for increasing the legitimacy of conservation plans with stakeholders. Thus, in addition to developing a methodology for using data on stakeholder perceptions of conservation in spatial prioritization, our study suggests that engaging landowners and other stakeholders in the conservation prioritization process will improve the success of conservation plans.