Authors contributed equally, listed in reverse alphabetical order.
Multiple pathways to conservation success
Article first published online: 25 OCT 2012
©2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 6, Issue 2, pages 98–106, April 2013
How to Cite
Phillis, C. C., O’Regan, S. M., Green, S. J., Bruce, J. E.B., Anderson, S. C., Linton, J. N., Earth2Ocean Research Derby and Favaro, B. (2013), Multiple pathways to conservation success. Conservation Letters, 6: 98–106. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2012.00294.x
Editor Dirk Roux
- Issue published online: 8 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 25 OCT 2012
- Accepted manuscript online: 19 SEP 2012 12:21PM EST
- Received 04 July 2012 Accepted 30 August 2012
- Acid rain;
Conservation successes can and do happen, however, the process by which society achieves them remains unclear. Using a novel culturomics approach, we analyse word usage within digitized texts to assess the chronological order in which scientists, the public, and policymakers engage in the conservation process for three prominent conservation issues: acid rain in North America, global DDT contamination, and the overexploitation of African elephants for ivory. Variation in the order and magnitude of sector responses among the three issues emphasizes that there are multiple pathways to conservation success and that science is just one component. Our study highlights that while scientists can initiate the process, policy change does not occur in the absence of public interest. We suggest that the fate of conservation action is not solely determined by the scientific soundness of the conservation plan, but rather requires the engagement of scientists, public, and policy makers alike.