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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.

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