The Society for Conservation Biology Europe Section was formed to promote conservation biology and its application to conserve biological diversity in Europe. The section’s goals include promoting the role of scientific review in assessment of conservation strategies and to develop, promote and facilitate networks of communication and collaboration among Society members, and other researchers, managers, government agencies and non-governmental organizations in Europe and throughout the world.References1. Taft Heather R., McCoskey,Dana N. ,. Miller, Joshua M., Pearson, Sarah K., Coleman, Melinda A. Fletcher, Nicholas K. , Mittan, Cinnamon S., Meek, Mariah H. ,and Barbosa, Soraia (2020) ‘Research–management partnerships: An opportunity to integrate genetics in conservation actions’. Conservation Science and Practice, 2(9) p.n/a https://doi.org/10.1111/csp2.218
The world is facing an imminent climate and biodiversity crisis due to anthropogenic pressures on the environment. Many ecosystems are degraded and as a result, many species and habitats are threatened or at risk of extinction within decades, more than ever before in human history. Genetic diversity is crucial for the long-term survival of species, and the application of genetic methods is now widely accepted in biodiversity assessments and conservation management programs2.
Within conservation science, there is increasing recognition of the value of genetic data to support management decisions. However, it is widely recognized that there is a disconnect between the availability of genetic information and the application of this information to inform conservation policy and species management1,2. In addition, much of the genetic research is focused on species which have an economic value or are charismatic and iconic, rather than on species which are scarce or with an unknown conservation status.2
Management of wild populations would benefit from collaborate partnerships between genetic researchers and conservation practitioners1. The panel will identify partnerships and opportunities for integrating genomic and genetics in conservation actions and policy to ensure genetic research can provide effective solutions for the conservation and of populations and species.
2. Pérez-Espona, Sílvia (2017) ‘Conservation genetics in the European Union – Biases, gaps and future directions’ Biological Conservation, 2017-05, Vol.209, p.130-136 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2017.01.020.