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A question of dissemination: Assessing the practices and implications of research in tropical landscapes

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  • A.H. Toomey
  • M.E.C. Alvaro
  • M. Aiello-Lammens
  • O. Loayza Cossio
  • J. Barlow
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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/01/2019
<mark>Journal</mark>AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment
Issue number1
Volume48
Number of pages13
Pages (from-to)35-47
Publication statusPublished
Early online date24/04/18
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Current debates in the conservation sciences argue for better integration between research and practice, often citing the importance of the diffusion, dissemination and implementation of scientific knowledge for environmental management and policy. This paper focuses on a relatively well-researched protected area (Madidi National Park) in Bolivia in order to present different interpretations and understandings of the implications and availability of research findings. We draw on findings from quantitative and qualitative methods to determine the extent to which research carried out in the region was disseminated and/or implemented for management actions, and to understand subsequent implications for how local actors perceive the value of research and its role in management and conservation. We discuss the critical consequences of these findings for the future of conservation science and practice in biologically and culturally diverse landscapes, with an explicit call to action for academic institutions to support researchers in developing appropriate dissemination strategies.