Occasionally when we are in class discussing perspectives on conservation that have been published in ‘the literature’ I wonder how many conservationists – the ones who work in NGOs for example – actually read any of it. Many NGOs do not have access to the journals where these articles are published, nor do they have the money to buy the expensive books that apparently contain ‘the thinking’ on conservation practice. In fact, many of them simply don’t have the time or are not encouraged to take time to read (and write) at work.
And on the other hand, are the academics reading the grey literature that the NGOs produce (their reports, articles and handbooks) to understand practitioners’ intents?
Do you think there is a disconnect between academic understanding and commentary on conservation practice and what conservation practitioners really do, or intend to do?