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Bridging knowledge creation and conservation practice through participatory action research on private lands


Taylor, M and Davison, A and Harwood, A, Bridging knowledge creation and conservation practice through participatory action research on private lands, Citizen Science, 8, (1) Article 6. ISSN 2057-4991 (2023) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.5334/cstp.428


Ongoing failure to resolve how wildlife and people can co-exist on private land contributes to the global decline of wildlife populations. Experience in Tasmania, Australia suggests a disconnect between wildlife researchers, environmental agencies, and private landholders that prevents new scientific insights from translating into improved wildlife management practices. This case study based on a participatory action research model, describes a wildlife conservation initiative called WildTracker. WildTracker created handson collaborations among private landholders, university researchers, and the Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC). Landholders from 3 regions (total area 9977 km2) participated in an iterative 2-year research process involving problem-framing workshops, data collection (mammals, birds, and habitat) using wildlife cameras and sound recorders, data analysis, and discussion of results. Participants contributed more than 2,000 hours to the project, resulting in more than 500,000 wildlife observations, with many landholders now implementing research findings, guided by locality-specific data on wildlife populations, feral animals, and habitat condition. WildTracker has evolved from a short-term participatory research project into an ongoing collaborative citizen science program that is documenting and contributing to on-the-ground and evolving wildlife conservation outcomes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:wildlife conservation, social factors, private land, citizen science
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Environmental geography
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Terrestrial biodiversity
UTAS Author:Taylor, M (Mr Matthew Taylor)
UTAS Author:Davison, A (Associate Professor Aidan Davison)
UTAS Author:Harwood, A (Dr Andrew Harwood)
ID Code:155297
Year Published:2023
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2023-02-09
Last Modified:2023-02-09

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