Connectivity Conservation - Relationships between Science, Governance & Practice, by Carina Wyborn.
With the impending passage of the National Wildlife Corridor Plan through cabinet, connectivity conservation has been launched front and centre as a climate change adaptation strategy for biodiversity conservation. Motivated by the science of conservation biology, these initiatives seek to overcome social, institutional and ecological fragmentation.
Drawing on two regional cases of large-scale bio-links, one in Australia and one in North America, this presentation will examine the relationships between the science, governance and practice of connectivity conservation. Both cases faced early challenges to their legitimacy due in part to a disconnect between science and governance at the local scale. Issues of scientific uncertainty and fraught local politics call into question assumptions that the processes of governance will neatly unfold across scales.
By exploring the challenges of coherence and coordination across scales, these cases demonstrate the multifaceted and often inconsistent nature of relationships at the nexus of science, governance and practice.