Despite the convergence in ecological interests over the past few decades between the land use planning community and the conservation science community, a considerable gulf still exists between the two groups. Many land use planning decisions still only incorporate ecological principles and biodiversity considerations in a cursory way, if at all. And many conservation scientists are still largely disconnected with how their research could have real-world application. What are the reasons for this continued disconnect, and what barriers exist that inhibit better integration of science-based information into the land use planning process? Conversely, where is the process working, and what opportunities are available for broadening such interaction and integration?
- Bruce Stein, PhD.