Conservation goals should be based on science.
Conservation should work with, not against, capitalism.
Conserving nature for nature’s sake should be a goal of conservation.
These assertions are just a snapshot of the statements on which you would be asked to give your views if you were to take the Future of Conservation Survey. Over 14,000 conservationists have now submitted their opinions, and the results show a “diverse but not divided” movement. Nationality, gender, age and education all influence views on conservation, and some issues are particularly hot topics.
While most agree that maintaining biological diversity and ecosystem processes should both be goals of conservation, the role of capitalism in conservation and the merits of strict protected areas are still hotly debated topics.
It may sound as though such differing views on key issues could cause problems for those working towards conservation goals, but in reality, diverse stances can encourage strong debate and challenge potentially outdated attitudes. In those areas where consensus exists, knowing this can offer a foundation for collaboration and engagement.