Conservation Social Science featured in Conservation Biology

Conservation social science is the study of aspects of human society, including relationships among humans and between humans and their environment, that are relevant to conservation of Earth’s biological diversity. As articles herein emphasize, achieving the vast majority of conservation objectives requires changes in human behavior. Diverse societal structures and processes, from resource tenure systems to armed conflict to equitable provision of environmental goods, affect whether conservation interventions fail or succeed. Accordingly, the proportion of Conservation Biology’s content that addresses environmental anthropology, economics, geography, history, law, politics and policy, psychology, and sociology has grown steadily. In practice, design and implementation of conservation strategies increasingly incorporates clear social, economic, and ecological criteria.

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