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Utility of primary scientific literature to environmental managers: an international case study on coral-dominated marine protected areas

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Cvitanovic, C and Fulton, CJ and Wilson, SK and van Kerkhoff, L and Cripps, IL and Muthiga, N, Utility of primary scientific literature to environmental managers: an international case study on coral-dominated marine protected areas, Ocean & Coastal Management, 102 pp. 72-78. ISSN 0964-5691 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2014.09.003

Abstract

The integration of scientific information into the decision-making process for the management of marine resources remains a significant challenge, with the inaccessibility of primary scientific literature to environmental 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 case 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 publication 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 improvements to knowledge transfer among scientists and managers via a diversity of approaches including knowledge brokers, boundary organisations, knowledge co-production and management-orientated summaries in research articles.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:knowledge exchange, knowledge transfer, decision-making
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental Science and Management
Research Field:Natural Resource Management
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards
Objective Field:Coastal and Marine Management Policy
Author:Cvitanovic, C (Dr Christopher Cvitanovic)
ID Code:105184
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:20
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2015-12-12
Last Modified:2017-12-06
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