Guidance document now available: Incorporating Human Dimensions into Joint Venture Implementation Plans

Friday, August 9, 2019

Over the past few years, the bird conservation community has increasingly noted the importance of the human dimensions of bird conservation challenges and the value of social science research in addressing them. While some Migratory Bird Joint Ventures (JVs) have actively included information about the human context of conservation in their efforts, others have limited experience with human dimensions (HD) and are just beginning to develop related research agendas and strategies. The HD Subcommittee of the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) has published a guidance document, written by Ashley Dayer, Ashley Gramza, and Jessica Barnes, that aims to make HD integration feasible for all JVs by providing:

  • An overview of the field of human dimensions 

  • An explanation of why HD is important for bird conservation efforts 

  • Descriptions of different kinds of HD information and examples of existing HD resources

  • Examples of how JVs have successfully integrated HD into their implementation plans 

  • A guide for writing an HD chapter in an implementation plan 

  • Resources for further reading 

Though developed in response to a specific request from the JVs for guidance on the further integration of HD information into their conservation planning and delivery, this resource will be useful for all organizations and agencies working to incorporate attention to the cultural, economic, political, and social contexts of bird conservation into their work. 

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Access the document here on the HD page of the NABCI website, and contact Jessica Barnes (jcbarnes@vt.edu) or Ashley Dayer (dayer@vt.edu) for more information.