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Advances in conservation science and practice in Oceania: Delivering on research priorities for the region

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posted on 2023-05-22, 01:22 authored by Vanessa AdamsVanessa Adams, Weeks, R, Doherty, TS
Oceania is a diverse region both biologically and culturally. Yet the region is also marked by high rates of biodiversity loss due to major threats such as habitat destruction, climate change and invasive species (Kingsford et al., 2009). Evidence-based strategies are needed for successful conservation in the region, and targeted research delivering on urgent practical questions can support this. In 2015, we set out to identify research questions that, if answered, would increase the effectiveness of conservation and natural resource management practice and policy within Oceania in the next 10 years (Weeks & Adams, 2017). The priority questions that we identified emphasized the need for research that addresses distinctive management challenges prevalent in Oceania, and which fits the sociocultural contexts of the region. Five years on, we reflect on some of the progress made in answering these priority questions, with the eight papers featured in this Special Section addressing 12 of the 38 priority questions.


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Conservation Science and Practice

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School of Geography, Planning and Spatial Sciences


John Wiley & Sons, Inc

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