Undergraduate student Ricardo Pelai’s poster received an award at Harvard!

Congratulations to Ricardo Pelai who was recently awarded an Award of Excellence in the social sciences for the poster he presented at the National Collegiate Research Conference in Harvard.

New article on the use of global targets in conservation governance now out in Conservation Letters

Past shortfalls to meet global biodiversity targets have simultaneously prompted questions about the relevance of global environmental conventions, and sparked renewed ambition, for example, in the form of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. While progress toward the Aichi Targets through the Convention on Biological Diversity is well-documented globally, less is known at the national level. We conducted a systematic content analysis of 154 documents to assess the nature and extent of national implementation of the Aichi Targets using Canada as a case study. Results indicate that most responses are aspirational, with only 28% of responses implemented. Implemented responses tend to be associated with targets with specified levels of ambition that emphasize biophysical values, or targets that are relatively straightforward to achieve in this context (e.g., knowledge capacity and awareness). In contrast, targets focused on equity, rights, or policy reform were associated with fewer actions. Implementation of this latter class of targets is arguably stalled not solely because of a lack of effective target design, but because of lack of fit within existing institutional commitments. This suggests that solutions—in terms of improving implementation—lie not only in overcoming known dilemmas of quantifiability, but also in fostering institutional transformation. This article is part of a special issue on global targets and conservation governance. Access and download the article here!

Doctoral student Yemi Adeyeye recently selected as one of the 2016-17 UBC Public Scholars!

Congratulations to SES research group member Yemi Adeyeye who was recently selected as one of this years UBC Public Scholars! You can find out more about the Public Scholars program and Yemi’s doctoral research here!

The SES research group welcomes new Master’s student Kasmira Cockerill!

Kasmira joined the SES group in September 2016. Kasmira has an undergraduate degree in botany and has spent the past 4 years working with conservation conservancies in Northern Kenya. Kasmira’s thesis research will focus on participation, knowledge and decision making in the context of conservancies in Kenya. Check out Kasmira’s bio here!

New article on institutional adaptation to climate change in Pacific Northwest Forests now out in the journal Land Use Policy

This article examines the implementation of national climate adaptation initiatives in the context of the United States Forest Service (USFS). Based on semi-structured interviews (N = 25), this paper provides an empirical account of how USFS aquatic resources managers and specialists working at regional and sub-regional levels within the Pacific Northwest region (PNW) are responding to adaptation planning directives established at the federal level, as well as how managers are advancing their own unit-level initiatives. Results illustrate a spectrum of engagement with adaptation across the region. In addition to the expected influence of limited human and financial capacity and institutional constraints, key factors perceived by managers as shaping engagement across the region include the attitudes of key actors, and legacies of (mis-) trust (with respect to the stability of the climate mandate). In contrast, managers did not perceive technical information as a major barrier to adaptation. These observations highlight the asymmetry between the widespread emphasis on the role of technical information in shaping adaptation relative to the often overlooked, but influential role of nonmaterial factors (like attitudes and trust). Findings are discussed in the context of deepening understanding about the interrelated roles of material and nonmaterial barriers in shaping currently unfolding adaptation efforts.

Check out the article here!  (open access until Feb. 27th, 2016)

Recently awarded | Hampton New Faculty Award

Shannon was recently awarded a UBC Hampton New Faculty Award to extend her research on global environmental governance. This particular project will focus on the negotiation of tradeoffs and decisions taken at the science-policy interface of the upcoming World Conservation Congress of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Project title: Planet at the Crossroads: Re-negotiating a global agenda for nature conservation and human development.  Read more about the IUCN WCC here.

The SES research group welcomes three new graduate students!

Sophie Lewis, Yemi Adeyeye and Alice Henry joined the SES research group this September. They are pursuing diverse projects around the globe, but share interests in community forestry, forest governance, the politics of knowledge and sustainable livelihoods.

Check out their bio’s here.

Conservation in the Anthropocene

In the latest issue of Branchlines

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