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Document Type: Journal Article
Center: NWFSC
Document ID: 7901
Title: A call for inclusive conservation
Author: Heather Tallis, P. S. Levin, J. F. Samhouri, &. 238 Co-authors
Publication Year: 2014
Journal: Nature
Volume: 515
Pages: 27-28
Keywords: conservation,ethic,nature,
Abstract:

 

An age-old conflict around a seemingly simple question has resurfaced: Why do we conserve nature? Contention around this issue has come and gone many times, but in the last several years it has reappeared as an increasingly acrimonious debate between those who argue that nature should be protected for its own sake (intrinsic value) 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 and those who argue that we must also save nature to help ourselves (instrumental value) 10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18. The stakes? Nothing short of the future of conservation science, practice and policy. For such an incredibly important dialogue, we find the dominant voices unrepresentative of the field, and in need of redirection: those speaking out are overwhelmingly male, and their divisive arguments are no longer helping the field progress. In this note, we articulate the case for a more inclusive approach to conservation and more inclusive representation of scientists and practitioners.

Women historically have been under-represented in environmental science faculty positions at universities and in conservation practice, as is the case in many other scientific fields19. However, this disparity has been changing, with women now occupying more than half of leadership positions and more than 60% of new hires and interns in conservation non-governmental organizations in the United States20. On the international stage, it has been encouraging to see women take leadership positions in some of the field’s leading inter-governmental efforts, including the Executive Secretary for the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and both vice-chairs of the Science Committee for Future Earth. This progress makes the lack of female voices in the debate about the core premise of our profession even more stark.

We began this note to elevate the voices of many of the women with an opinion about the future path that conservation science and practice should follow. We quickly discovered many men who share our views, and who support an equal role

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An age-old conflict around a seemingly simple question has resurfaced: Why do we conserve nature? Contention around this issue has come and gone many times, but in the last several years it has reappeared as an increasing

Theme: Ecosystem approach to improve management of marine resources
Foci: Provide scientific support for the implementation of ecosystem-based management
Provide scientific support for the implementation of ecosystem-based management