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A narrative policy approach to environmental conservation

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JournalAmbio
DateE-pub ahead of print - 14 Mar 2014
DatePublished (current) - 1 Nov 2014
Issue number7
Volume43
Number of pages9
Pages (from-to)849–857
Early online date14/03/14
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Due to the urgency and seriousness of the loss of biological diversity, scientists from across a range of disciplines are urged to increase the salience and use of their research by policy-makers. Increased policy nuance is needed to address the science–policy gap and overcome divergent views of separate research and policy worlds, a view still relatively common among conservation scientists. Research impact considerations should recognize that policy uptake is dependent on contextual variables operating in the policy sphere. We provide a novel adaptation of existing policy approaches to evidence impact that accounts for non-evidentiary “societal” influences on decision-making. We highlight recent analytical tools from political science that account for the use of evidence by policy-makers. Using the United Kingdom’s recent embrace of the ecosystem approach to environmental management, we advocate analyzing evidence research impact through a narrative lens that accounts for the credibility, legitimacy, and relevance of science for policy.

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  • Context, Research impacts, Narrative Policy Framework , Diverger, Converger, Ecosystem services

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