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The Conservation Knowledge Commons: Putting Biodiversity Data and Information to Work for Conservation

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dc.contributor.author Hammond, T. en_US
dc.contributor.author Moritz, Thomas en_US
dc.contributor.author Agosti, D. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:42:41Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:42:41Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-11-17 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-11-17 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/2132
dc.description.abstract "Timely access to the best available data, information, and knowledge on biodiversity is an essential prerequisite for successful conservation. We consider empirically responsible conservation-- or 'evidence-based conservation' to be essential for this success. We also consider the conservation community or conservation 'domain' to be those organizations which are specifically dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity, through policy development, hands-on effort, or research. "Accessing the best available biodiversity data or ensuring wide dissemination of conservation knowledge are not simple tasks. Much of the data, information and knowledge on biodiversity that conservation practitioners and scientists require is fragmented, difficult to find, or simply inaccessible. Weak integration of conservation knowledge assets is considerably magnified in developing countries or countries in transition, where the consequences of limited access to data and barriers posed by the technological 'digital divide' present enormous challenges to successful conservation efforts on the ground. "Unimpeded access to biodiversity data and information assets is also critical for effective policy formulation and decision making. The lack of comprehensive time series data on the status of biodiversity or of current, comprehensive data on land uses may result in weak understanding of the impact of climate change on biodiversity. Importantly, incomplete access to biodiversity data may also result in the undervaluation of biodiversity in development impact assessment. "This paper focuses on current issues of access to biodiversity data in the conservation community, and discusses ongoing efforts to address these challenges. While some barriers are technical in nature, most find their origins in institutional or organizational culture or approach. The work of the Conservation Commons will also be presented, along with lessons learned to date from this effort in developing a knowledge commons in the biodiversity conservation domain." en_US
dc.subject biodiversity en_US
dc.subject conservation en_US
dc.subject open access en_US
dc.subject knowledge en_US
dc.subject commons en_US
dc.subject IASC en_US
dc.title The Conservation Knowledge Commons: Putting Biodiversity Data and Information to Work for Conservation en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Governing Shared Resources: Connecting Local Experience to Global Challenges, the Twelfth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates July 14-18, 2008 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Cheltenham, England en_US

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