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Training future generations to deliver evidence‐based conservation and ecosystem management

Downey, Harriet and Amano, Tatsuya and Cadotte, Marc and Cook, Carly N and Cooke, Steven J and Haddaway, Neal R and Jones, Julia PG and Littlewood, Nick and Walsh, Jessica C and Abrahams, Mark I and Adum, Gilbert and Akasaka, Munemitsu and Alves, Jose A and Antwis, Rachael E and Arellano, Eduardo C and Axmacher, Jan and Barclay, Holly and Batty, Lesley and Benítez‐López, Ana and Bennett, Joseph R and Berg, Maureen J and Bertolino, Sandro and Biggs, Duan and Bolam, Friederike C and Bray, Tim and Brook, Barry W and Bull, Joseph W and Burivalova, Zuzana and Cabeza, Mar and Chauvenet, Alienor LM and Christie, Alec P and Cole, Lorna and Cotton, Alison J and Cotton, Sam and Cousins, Sara AO and Craven, Dylan and Cresswell, Will and Cusack, Jeremy J and Dalrymple, Sarah E and Davies, Zoe G and Diaz, Anita and Dodd, Jennifer A and Felton, Adam and Fleishman, Erica and Gardner, Charlie J and Garside, Ruth and Ghoddousi, Arash and Gilroy, James J and Gill, David A and Gill, Jennifer A and Glew, Louise and Grainger, Matthew J and Grass, Amelia A and Greshon, Stephanie and Gundry, Jamie and Hart, Tom and Hopkins, Charlotte R and Howe, Caroline and Johnson, Arlyne and Jones, Kelly W and Jordan, Neil R and Kadoya, Taku and Kerhoas, Daphne and Koricheva, Julia and Lee, Tien Ming and Lengyel, Szabolcs and Livingstone, Stuart W and Lyons, Ashley and McCabe, Gráinne and Millett, Jonathan and Strevens, Chloë Montes and Moolna, Adam and Mossman, Hannah L and Mukherjee, Nibedita and Muñoz‐Sáez, Andrés and Negrões, Nuno and Norfolk, Olivia and Osawa, Takeshi and Papworth, Sarah and Park, Kirsty J and Pellet, Jérôme and Phillott, Andrea D and Plotnik, Joshua M and Priatna, Dolly and Ramos, Alejandra G and Randall, Nicola and Richards, Rob M and Ritchie, Euan G and Roberts, David L and Rocha, Ricardo and Rodríguez, Jon Paul and Sanderson, Roy and Sasaki, Takehiro and Savilaakso, Sini and Sayer, Carl and Sekercioglu, Cagan and Senzaki, Masayuki and Smith, Grania and Smith, Robert J and Soga, Masashi and Soulsbury, Carl D and Steer, Mark D and Stewart, Gavin and Strange, EF and Suggitt, Andrew J and Thompson, Ralph RJ and Thompson, Stewart and Thornhill, Ian and Trevelyan, RJ and Usieta, Hope O and Venter, Oscar and Webber, Amanda D and White, Rachel L and Whittingham, Mark J and Wilby, Andrew and Yarnell, Richard W and Zamora, Veronica and Sutherland, William J (2021) Training future generations to deliver evidence‐based conservation and ecosystem management. Ecological Solutions and Evidence, 2 (1). ISSN 2688-8319

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Abstract

1. To be effective, the next generation of conservation practitioners and managers need to be critical thinkers with a deep understanding of how to make evidence‐based decisions and of the value of evidence synthesis. 2. If, as educators, we do not make these priorities a core part of what we teach, we are failing to prepare our students to make an effective contribution to conservation practice. 3. To help overcome this problem we have created open access online teaching materials in multiple languages that are stored in Applied Ecology Resources. So far, 117 educators from 23 countries have acknowledged the importance of this and are already teaching or about to teach skills in appraising or using evidence in conservation decision‐making. This includes 145 undergraduate, postgraduate or professional development courses. 4. We call for wider teaching of the tools and skills that facilitate evidence‐based conservation and also suggest that providing online teaching materials in multiple languages could be beneficial for improving global understanding of other subject areas.

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