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Need for empirical evidence to support use of social license in conservation: reply to Garnett et al


Kendal, D and Ford, RM, Need for empirical evidence to support use of social license in conservation: reply to Garnett et al, Conservation Biology, 32, (3) pp. 737-739. ISSN 0888-8892 (2018) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/cobi.13114


Kendal and Ford (2018) argue that the use of the term social license in conservation needs critical evaluation and highlight the utility of social constructs such as social acceptance in understanding public support for conservation activities. Garnett et al. (2018) argue that social license is a distinct concept, best conceptualized as a binary "emergent property of political interactions before and during the operations of an enterprise." They argue that the license metaphor is a useful one; a social license is a necessary precursor to a regulatory license, and it is something that can be granted and withdrawn. There are aspects of this argument that are worthy of further exploration, particularly the conceptualization of social license as an emergent property of relationships between civil society and conservation actors. However, their expectations that an emergent social license would be binary and recognizable are inconsistent with the vast majority of scholarship on the concept.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Keywords:conservation, social license
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Urban and regional planning
Research Field:Land use and environmental planning
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Terrestrial biodiversity
UTAS Author:Kendal, D (Dr Dave Kendal)
ID Code:126477
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2018-06-14
Last Modified:2019-12-23

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