Utility of primary scientific literature to environmental managers: An International case study on Coral-dominated marine protected areas.

Vitanovic, C and Fulton, C.J and Wilson, S.k and Van Kerhoff, L (2014) Utility of primary scientific literature to environmental managers: An International case study on Coral-dominated marine protected areas. [Other peer-reviewed publication]

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    Abstract

    Integration of scientific information into the decision-making process for management of marine resource remain a significant challenge, with the inaccessibility of primary scientific literature practitioners identified as a key limiting factor. Here, we quantify the use of primary scientific literature in environmental management plans, and explore potential barriers to the efficient integration of such scientific information into the decision-making process. through a study of coral dominated Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) spanning three countries (Australia, Kenya and Belize), we find that primary scientific literature represents only 14% of information cited in management plans. Such a low proportion is likely to be symptomatic of several issues regarding the accessibility of primary scientific literature to MPA managers, such as: 1. Long publications times for articles (average 40.2 -+ 1.8 months); 2. subscription-only access (up to 56% of articles behind paywalls) and/ or 3. Poor articulation of management implications (only 19% of articles provided clear outcomes relevant to management). Such impediments can undermine the adaptive governance of MPAs, so we suggest improvement to knowledge transfer among scientist and managers via a diversity approach including knowledge brokers, boundary organizations, knowledge co-production and management-oriented and summaries in research articles.

    Item Type: Other peer-reviewed publication
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      Unique ID or DOI: 10.1016/j.oceanman.2014.09.003
      Publisher: ElSevier
      Subjects: (C) Ecosystems > (CB) Marine > (CBA) Coral Reefs
      (H) Protected Areas > (HD) Marine Reserve
      Publication Sources: (1) Environmental Research Institute
      Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2018 13:38
      Last Modified: 02 Mar 2018 13:38
      URI: http://eprints.uberibz.org/id/eprint/1746

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