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The concept of stewardship in sustainability science and conservation biology

Published on Jan 1, 2018in Biological Conservation4.45
· DOI :10.1016/j.biocon.2017.10.015
Raphaël Mathevet16
Estimated H-index: 16
(University of Montpellier),
François Bousquet1
Estimated H-index: 1
(University of Montpellier),
Christopher M. Raymond29
Estimated H-index: 29
(University of Stirling)
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Abstract This paper focuses on the development and meaning of the stewardship concept in the current environmental science, ecology and biodiversity conservation literature. Stewardship broadly refers to a form of collaborative planning and responsible management of the environment through sustainable natural resource management practices that respect ecosystem functions. The objective of this paper is to discuss the various meanings of stewardship in the fields of environmental science and biodiversity conservation. Our main interest is to explore how different political ideologies and ethical values of stewardship shape the conceptualisation of conservation actions and policies, and why do these matter for conservation policy in the context of the new conservation debate. To address this objective we adapted the political science framework developed by Dryzek (2013) and applied it to existing stewardship approaches in use. Based on two dimensions (reformist vs radical and imaginative vs prosaic) we identified 4 main types of stewardship: reformist, adaptive, sustainability and transformative stewardship. The key distinctions between stewardship types are (i) the role of science, (ii) the exploration and integration of the plurality of values, and (iii) the capacity to modify values, rules and decision-making system. We conclude with a discussion on the consequences of these results and present future directions for both research and conservation policy.
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Antonia Eastwood7
Estimated H-index: 7
(James Hutton Institute),
Anke Fischer22
Estimated H-index: 22
(James Hutton Institute),
Anja Byg8
Estimated H-index: 8
(James Hutton Institute)
Participatory and systemic approaches in environmental management are advocated as they are thought to lead to more equitable, resilient and integrated solutions. However, there is mounting evidence that, in practice, these approaches are exceedingly challenging and do not always lead to improved environmental management, or greater community engagement. To better understand the challenges facing organisations wishing to use these approaches, we monitored the dynamics of a decision-making proces...
Published on Aug 1, 2017in Biological Conservation4.45
Paul Jepson22
Estimated H-index: 22
(University of Oxford),
Ben Caldecott7
Estimated H-index: 7
(University of Oxford)
+ 6 AuthorsRichard J. Ladle29
Estimated H-index: 29
(University of Oxford)
Protected areas (PAs) are the main strategy to conserve natural values and reduce biodiversity loss. However, with increasing global food requirements, using land for protecting landscapes and species is becoming increasingly difficult to justify. Here, we argue that framing PAs as spatial assets provides an ideal platform for generating investment and increasing their political/cultural resilience. Specifically, we define and characterize PAs in terms of their biophysical, human, infrastructure...
Published on Jun 1, 2017in Land Use Policy3.57
Elizabeth F. Pienaar8
Estimated H-index: 8
(UF: University of Florida),
Elena C. Rubino2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UF: University of Florida)
+ 1 AuthorsPetrus van der Merwe5
Estimated H-index: 5
(NWU: North-West University)
Although the financial returns of game ranching in South Africa have been well documented, it is often implicitly assumed that the increased transition of lands to game ranching equates to net conservation gains in terms of habitat management and biodiversity conservation. As a first step towards testing this assumption, we conducted qualitative interviews with 28 game ranchers and 10 other key stakeholders in South Africa to investigate how ranchers manage habitat on their lands, and the degree...
Published on Jun 1, 2017in Ecological Applications4.38
Cooper M. Farr3
Estimated H-index: 3
(CSU: Colorado State University),
Liba Pejchar15
Estimated H-index: 15
(CSU: Colorado State University),
Sarah E. Reed13
Estimated H-index: 13
(CSU: Colorado State University)
Developing effective tools for conservation on private lands is increasingly important for global biodiversity conservation; private lands are located in more productive and biologically diverse areas, and they face accelerated rates of land conversion. One strategy is conservation development (CD) subdivisions, which cluster houses in a small portion of a property and preserve the remaining land as protected open space. Despite widespread use, the characteristics that make CD more or less effec...
Published on May 1, 2017in Land Use Policy3.57
Julia Leventon12
Estimated H-index: 12
(Lüneburg University),
Tamara Schaal2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Lüneburg University)
+ 4 AuthorsJens Newig27
Estimated H-index: 27
(Lüneburg University)
We argue that the current system of agri-environment management in the European Common Agricultural Policy is ineffective at conserving biodiversity in part because it promotes fragmentation instead of collaboration of actors, thus hindering coordinated biodiversity management. Actor fragmentation is reinforced by the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in three ways: (1) through targeting individual farmers; (2) by creating confusion around coordination roles for increasing numbers of actors; and ...
Y. S. Rawat12
Estimated H-index: 12
(NMU: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)
Sustainable biodiversity stewardship (SBS) is needed on private lands in order to promote inclusive development (ID). Managing private land for conservation and landscape functionality can be costly, therefore, fiscal incentives like income tax deductions and property rates exclusions can help encourage biodiversity stewardship and thereby contribute to meeting the social and ecological goals of inclusive development. The experience of South Africa shows that such fiscal incentives can ensure th...
Published on Jan 1, 2017
J. Claude1
Estimated H-index: 1
Published on Jan 1, 2017in Conservation Letters7.40
James R. Farmer9
Estimated H-index: 9
(IU: Indiana University),
Zhao Ma12
Estimated H-index: 12
(Purdue University)
+ 2 AuthorsStephanie L. Dickinson14
Estimated H-index: 14
(IU: Indiana University)
Private land conservation mechanisms are critical components employed by policy makers and conservation professionals to support the stewardship and protection of vital ecosystem services. While most research on voluntary conservation programs focuses on motives and barriers to participation, little is known about landowner activities and ecological status once property is enrolled in programs. Our mailed survey to landowners with property enrolled in the Indiana Classified Forest and Wildlands ...
Published on Jan 1, 2017in Biological Conservation4.45
Nathan J. Bennett14
Estimated H-index: 14
(Stanford University),
Robin Roth9
Estimated H-index: 9
(U of G: University of Guelph)
+ 15 AuthorsGraham Epstein13
Estimated H-index: 13
(UW: University of Waterloo)
It has long been claimed that a better understanding of human or social dimensions of environmental issues will improve conservation. The social sciences are one important means through which researchers and practitioners can attain that better understanding. Yet, a lack of awareness of the scope and uncertainty about the purpose of the conservation social sciences impedes the conservation community's effective engagement with the human dimensions. This paper examines the scope and purpose of ei...
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Published on Jun 1, 2019in Arabian Journal of Geosciences1.14
Kasiti Felix Isundwa (Pan-African University), Khaldoon A. Mourad5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Lund University)
Water resources face risks due to water use stress and water scarcity. Collective and integrated actions by different institutions and stakeholders are needed to reduce future water risks. This paper aimed to assess the potential for a water stewardship partnership in River Nzoia Basin to reduce future water risks facing the ecosystem, agriculture, and other sectors by quantifying water risks and mapping stakeholders for a water stewardship partnership in the basin. Water risks were quantified u...
Published on Apr 1, 2019in Urban Forestry & Urban Greening3.04
B.H.M. Elands14
Estimated H-index: 14
(WUR: Wageningen University and Research Centre),
B.H.M. Elands (WUR: Wageningen University and Research Centre)+ 8 AuthorsJari Niemelä54
Estimated H-index: 54
(UH: University of Helsinki)
Abstract Biocultural diversity is an evolving perspective for studying the interrelatedness between people and their natural environment, not only in ecoregional hotspots and cultural landscapes, but also in urban green spaces. Developed in the 1990s in order to denote the diversity of life in all its manifestations―biological, cultural and linguistic―co-evolving within complex socio-ecological systems such as cities, biocultural diversity was identified in the GREEN SURGE project as a response ...
Simon West5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Stockholm Resilience Centre),
L. Jamila Haider9
Estimated H-index: 9
(Stockholm Resilience Centre)
+ 3 AuthorsMaria Tengö15
Estimated H-index: 15
(Stockholm Resilience Centre)
Stewardship is a popular term for describing action in pursuit of sustainability. There is growing interest in how relational values, such as care, animate stewardship action. In this paper we develop relational understandings of care in stewardship, in so doing infusing the relational values literature with modes of ‘relational thinking’ increasingly adopted in sustainability science. We use three theoretical perspectives — dwelling, sense of place and biocultural diversity — to articulate thre...
Published on Nov 24, 2018in AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment4.10
Christopher A. Thoms (UMN: University of Minnesota), Kristen C. Nelson20
Estimated H-index: 20
+ 3 AuthorsDennis vanEngelsdorp31
Estimated H-index: 31
(UMD: University of Maryland, College Park)
Varroa (Varroa destructor) is a leading cause of honey bee mortality worldwide. In a U.S. national survey of beekeepers, 3519 respondents noted what they believe are the advantages and disadvantages of managing for Varroa, what good stewardship means in beekeeping, and whether they treated for Varroa. Dominant attitudes were keeping bees healthy, minimizing disturbance, and monitoring hives. We found a bifurcation in Varroa management beliefs. Decision tree analyses show group distinctions. Trea...
Published on Nov 1, 2018in Landscape and Urban Planning5.14
Johan P. Enqvist3
Estimated H-index: 3
(UCT: University of Cape Town),
Simon West5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Stockholm Resilience Centre)
+ 3 AuthorsMaria Tengö15
Estimated H-index: 15
(Stockholm Resilience Centre)
Abstract Current sustainability challenges – including biodiversity loss, pollution and land-use change – require new ways of understanding, acting in and caring for the landscapes we live in. The concept of stewardship is increasingly used in research, policy and practice to articulate and describe responses to these challenges. However, there are multiple meanings and framings of stewardship across this wide user base that reflect different disciplinary purposes, assumptions and expertise, as ...
Published on Oct 1, 2018in Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics1.40
Raphaël Mathevet16
Estimated H-index: 16
(Institut Français),
François Bousquet31
Estimated H-index: 31
+ 1 AuthorsRaphaël Larrère3
Estimated H-index: 3
(INRA: Institut national de la recherche agronomique)
This paper explores and discusses the various meanings of the stewardship concept in the field of sustainability science. We highlight the increasing differences between alternative approaches to stewardship and propose a typology to enable scientists and practitioners to more precisely identify the basis and objectives of the concept of stewardship. We first present the two dimensions we used to map the diversity of stances concerning stewardship. Second, we analyse these positions in relation ...
Published on May 12, 2018in Journal of Environmental Planning and Management1.85
A.E. Buijs19
Estimated H-index: 19
(WUR: Wageningen University and Research Centre),
Anke Fischer22
Estimated H-index: 22
(James Hutton Institute),
Andreas Muhar17
Estimated H-index: 17
(BOKU: University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna)
Published on May 4, 2018in Sustainability2.59
Jessica Cockburn3
Estimated H-index: 3
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Georgina Cundill17
Estimated H-index: 17
+ 1 AuthorsMathieu Rouget38
Estimated H-index: 38
Concerns about ecological degradation and social inequalities have prompted increasing calls for stewardship in the social–ecological systems and sustainability science literature. However, how can the ideals of stewardship be realised in practice? The links between the theory and practice of stewardship are under-developed, and research to support place-based stewardship practice is limited. We therefore bring together complementary perspectives to guide research on place-based stewardship prac...