Category: Publications

Conservation conflicts: Behavioural threats, frames, and intervention recommendations

The choice of conflict management interventions should be based on evidence of their effectiveness, but other factors such as the way a conflict is framed appear to play an important role.

Exploring differences in stakeholders’ perceptions of illegal bird trapping in Cyprus

Cyprus is a hotspot for illegal bird trapping, but conservation efforts have been hindered by a lack of understanding between the local trapping community and the environmental NGOs.

Realising the promise of Tanzania’s Wildlife Management Areas

A new ESPA policy brief explores how Tanzania's Wildlife Management Areas have changed people's lives.

Enlist blockchain to boost conservation

PhD student Zac Baynham-Herd has a piece of correspondence published in Nature this week outlining his ideas for peer-to-peer conservation

The changing environment of conservation conflict: geese and farming in Scotland

Barnacle goose numbers on Islay increased from 20,000 to 43,000 between 1987 and 2016 and, as the goose population has grown, farms have supported geese more frequently and in larger numbers, with subsequent damaging effects.

The effectiveness of celebrities in conservation marketing

Celebrities are frequently used in conservation marketing, but we provide experimental evidence that celebrity endorsement can produce both positive and negative effects.

From poachers to protectors: engaging local communities in solutions to illegal wildlife trade

Combating the surge of illegal wildlife trade (IWT) devastating wildlife populations is an urgent global priority for conservation. Here we set out a conceptual framework to guide efforts to effectively combat IWT through actions at community level.

Gender Differentiated Preferences for a Community-Based Conservation Initiative

Community-based conservation (CBC) aims to benefit local people as well as to achieve conservation goals, but has been criticised for taking a simplistic view of “community” and failing to recognise differences in the preferences and motivations of community members. We explore this heterogeneity in the context of Kenya’s conservancies, focussing on the livelihood preferences of men and women living adjacent to the Maasai Mara National Reserve.