Wilkinson publishes on responsibility, equity, justice, and inclusion in dynamic human–wildlife interactions
Christine Wilkinson’s February 2023 paper presents a framework to expand assessment and anticipation of human-wildlife interaction outcomes that incorporates the principles of responsibility, equity, justice, and inclusion into conservation-oriented activities.
In a nutshell:
Human–wildlife interactions (HWIs) are pervasive, and future global change will exacerbate negative outcomes
Traditionally, HWIs have been framed as occurring along a conflict–coexistence continuum, where win–win scenarios are sought
HWIs should rather be considered as a life cycle, to incorporate the plethora of outcomes – where interactions could be positive, negative, or neutral for one partner in the dyad – that vary in importance and over time
Integrating responsibility, equity, justice, and inclusion as governing principles into the development and practice of conservation activities can reduce conflicts between humans and wildlife
If left unmitigated, negative outcomes from HWIs challenge the sustainability of human livelihoods and reduce community support for conservation, impacting the long-term survival of species
Read the full paper in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.