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Effectiveness of short-term knowledge communication on Baltic Sea marine genetic biodiversity to public managers
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1631-0591
Department of Education and Special EducationUniversity of Gothenburg.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Social Sciences.
Department of ZoologyStockholm University.
Number of Authors: 4
2016 (English)In: Regional Environmental Change, ISSN 1436-3798, E-ISSN 1436-378XArticle in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to assess the impact of two forms of short-term knowledge communication – lectures and group deliberations – on public managers’ policy beliefs regarding genetic biodiversity in the Baltic Sea. Genetic biodiversity is a key component of biological variation, but despite scientific knowledge and far-reaching political goals, genetic biodiversity remains neglected in marine management. Previous research highlights lack of knowledge as one explanation to the implementation deficit. This multidisciplinary study builds on the identified need for an improved knowledge-transfer between science and on-going management. A basic knowledge package on genetic biodiversity in the Baltic Sea was presented as either a lecture or a deliberative group discussion to two separate samples of public managers who are involved in Baltic Sea and other biodiversity management at the regional level in Sweden. The empirical findings show that the communicated information has an impact on the public managers’ beliefs on genetic biodiversity of the Baltic Sea. Lectures seem more efficient to transfer knowledge on this theme. Those who received information through a lecture strengthen their confidence in area protection as a management tool to conserve genetic diversity. They were also more convinced of the obligation of authorities at national and regional level to take on larger responsibility for genetic conservation than those managers who participated in deliberative discussion.

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Keyword [en]
Baltic Sea; genetic biodiversity; marine management; Marine Protected Area; knowledge communication; deliberation
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-60500DOI: 10.1007/s10113-016-1077-1ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84995741763OAI: diva2:1047301
BONUS Bambi (Baltic Sea Marine Biodiversity)
Swedish Research Council Formas, 215-2012-1550EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, 215-2012-1550
Available from: 2016-11-17 Created: 2016-11-17 Last updated: 2016-12-02Bibliographically approved

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