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Prospects and challenges for social media data in conservation science

Social media data have been extensively used in numerous fields of science, but examples of their use in conservation science are still very limited. In this paper, authors propose a framework on how social media data could be useful for conservation science and practice. Authors present the commonly used social media platforms and discuss how their content could provide new data and information for conservation science. Based on this, authors discuss how future work in conservation science and practice would benefit from social media data.

Science communication for biodiversity conservation

The unsustainable exploitation of nature by humanity has pushed many of the earth’s ecological systems to the brink of collapse. To help bring about the societal changes needed to reverse this trend, conservation biologists need to be more proactive, provocative, and purposeful in increasing environmental literacy. In this essay, we highlight different ways that scientists can engage various sectors of society and argue that passion, enthusiasm, and an understanding of the culture of human belief systems can help us to communicate effectively with a wider audience.

The role of communication

Effective communication with people is vital for the conservation of biodiversity because the loss of biodiversity is often caused by humans. Planning for conservation requires managing communication to gain the commitment and cooperation of people who use, have an impact on, or conserve biodiversity. This is particularly relevant in South and Southeast Asia, since many countries have developed or are developing National Biodiversity Strategies and Plans. All countries have adopted consultative processes, although these differ in extent and nature.

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