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The coastal conservation narrative is shifting from crisis to ecosystem services

Balke, Thorsten; Vovides, Alejandra G.; Ladd, Cai J.T.; Huxham, Mark


Thorsten Balke

Alejandra G. Vovides

Cai J.T. Ladd


Conservation biology emerged as a crisis discipline in the twentieth century amongst an increasing awareness of pollution and habitat loss. Since the early 2000s, societal and monetary benefits of nature were added to the narrative for biodiversity conservation. Using text mining, we show that authors now favour ecosystem-services over a crisis framing in scientific publications on coastal habitats. This may signal a shift in conservation science from a crisis to a services discipline despite continuing habitat loss. We discuss whether authors should more critically assess what conservation narrative they deploy and what consequences this may have for conservation action.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 22, 2022
Online Publication Date Jan 5, 2023
Publication Date 2023-02
Deposit Date Aug 23, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jan 5, 2023
Print ISSN 1867-1616
Publisher Springer
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 53
Issue 1
Article Number 3
Keywords Conservation biology, Research narrative, Research context, Crisis discipline, Biodiversity crisis, Coastal habitat, Text mining
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