Confronting and coping with uncertainty in biodiversity research and praxis
Haila, Yrjö; Henle, Klaus; Apostolopoulou, Evangelia; Cent, Joanna; Framstad, Erik; Goerg, Christoph; Jax, Kurt; Klenke, Reinhard; Magnuson, William; Matsinos, Yiannis G.; Mueller, Birgit; Paloniemi, Riikka; Pantis, John D.; Rauschmayer, Felix; Ring, Irene; Settele, Josef; Similä, Jukka; Touloumis, Konstantinos; Tzanopoulos, Joseph; Pe'er, Guy
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Original versionNature Conservation 2014, 8:45-75 10.3897/natureconservation.8.5942
This paper summarises discussions in a workshop entitled “exploring uncertainties in biodiversity science, policy and management”. It draws together experiences gained by scientists and scholars when encountering and coping with different types of uncertainty in their work in the field of biodiversity protection. The discussion covers all main phases of scientific work: field work and data analysis; methodologies; setting goals for research projects, taking simultaneously into account the agency of scientists conducting the work; developing communication with policy-makers and society at large; and giving arguments for the societal relevance of the issues. The paper concludes with a plea for collaborative learning that would build upon close cooperation among specialists who have developed expertise in different fields in research, management and politics. Biodiversity science, biodiversity management, biodiversity policy, dimensions of uncertainty, governance of biodiversity, research practice, scientific agency, social deliberation, social learning, uncertainty
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