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Managing the koala problem: interdisciplinary perspectives


Stratford, E and Mazur, N and Lunney, D and Bennett, D, Managing the koala problem: interdisciplinary perspectives, Conservation Biology, 14, (3) pp. 610-618. ISSN 0888-8892 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1046/j.1523-1739.2000.99382.x


There is a complex scientific, ethical, and cultural debate in Australia about how best to conserve koalas and their habitat. Despite the diverse array of management and research options promoted by scientists, wildlife agency staff and koala advocates, there remains a gap in our acknowledgment of the social factors influencing decision making about koala conservation. Koala management research has generated valuable scientific knowledge about koala biology and ecology but has been weak about organizational and policy processes and about the cultures within which we produce, disseminate, and legitimize this kind of knowledge. We suggest that more effective koala conservation will result from making the political and cultural influences on decision making regarding the koala more explicit in research, management, and policy-making forums. Research must be conducted in the context of the cultural significance of the koala. The koala's survival depends on preserving the valuable lands that these creatures (and many others) inhabit. Ultimately, the koala symbolizes conflicting land-use values and illustrates the need for greater collaboration, cooperation, and trust among social and natural scientists in the conduct of koala conservation research, management, and policy.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Wildlife and habitat management
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental education and awareness
UTAS Author:Stratford, E (Professor Elaine Stratford)
ID Code:19003
Year Published:2000
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2000-08-01
Last Modified:2021-01-28

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