PerspectiveEcology

Whose conservation?

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Science  26 Sep 2014:
Vol. 345, Issue 6204, pp. 1558-1560
DOI: 10.1126/science.1254704

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Conservation biology is a mission-driven discipline (1) and is therefore subject to both drift and the periodic adoption of fads and fashions (2). Although many basic conservation principles, conservation organizations, and initiatives of global reach and impact have persisted almost unchanged for decades, the framing and purpose of conservation have shifted (3). These shifts mainly relate to how the relationships between people and nature are viewed, with consequences for the science underpinning conservation.