It’s time to bolster women in conservation

8 Mar 2021

Women are largely being excluded from decisions about conservation and natural resources, with potentially detrimental effects on conservation efforts globally, according to research.

A University of Queensland and Nature Conservancy study reviewed a swathe of published conservation science, investigating the cause and impact of gender imbalance in the field.

UQ PhD candidate and Nature Conservancy Director of Conservation in Melanesia Robyn James said it was no secret that females were underrepresented in conservation science.

Mangoro Market Meri training young women in rural PNG mangrove science ©Ruth Konia/TNC

“In fact, according to a recent analysis of 1051 individual top‐publishing authors in ecology, evolution and conservation research, only 11 per cent were women,” Ms James said.

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