A divergence of values has become apparent in recent debates between conservationists who focus on ecosystem services that can improve human well-being and those who focus on avoiding the extinction of species. These divergent points of view fall along a continuum from anthropocentric to biocentric values, but most conservationists are relatively closer to each other than to the ends of the spectrum. We have some concerns with both positions but emphasize that conservation for both people and all other species will be most effective if conservationists focus on articulating the values they all share, being respectful of divergent values, and collaborating on common interests. The conservation arena is large enough to accommodate many people and organizations whose diverse values lead them to different niches that can, with good will and foresight, be far more complementary than competitive.
Hunter Jr., Malcolm L.; Redford, Kent H.; and Lindenmayer, David, "The Complementary Niches of Anthropocentric and Biocentric Conservationists" (2014). Publications. 38.
Hunter, M.L. Jr., Redford, K.H., & Lindenmayer, D.B. 2014. The Complementary Niches of Anthropocentric and Biocentric Conservationists. Conservation Biology. Volume 28, Issue 3, pages 641–645. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12296
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