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The role of joint ventures in bridging the gap between research and management

Giocomo, James J., Gustafson, Mary, Duberstein, Jennifer N., Boyd, Chad
Wildlife Science Connecting Research With Management 2012 pp. 239-251
cooperatives, corporations, education, government agencies, habitat conservation, habitats, landowners, landscape management, models, monitoring, planning, research management, wild birds, United States
No single entity can effectively address conservation planning and actions for migratory bird species that move across continents annually to fulfill their life cycle needs. Successful landscape-level conservation requires cooperation and coordination of efforts among individual conservation entities. U.S. bird habitat joint ventures (JVs) are highly successful partnerships of public agencies, private organizations, corporations, and individual landowners that work cooperatively to meet shared goals. JVs identify and address strategic habitat conservation needs for priority bird populations through biological planning, conservation design, research, monitoring, communication, education, and outreach (CEO) that maximize the effectiveness of conservation delivery activities of the individual member agencies/organizations of the partnership. JVs have a greater impact than individual partners working independently. The highly successful model for JV bird conservation partnerships has been successfully copied for other taxa and issues, including RegionalAlliances inMexico, theMonarch Joint Venture, Fish Habitat Partnerships, and Landscape Conservation Cooperatives.