Friday, April 10, 2015

Two Communities or Community of Practice? Communicating Wildlife Research in Northern Botswana

Communicating the results of wildlife research carried out in northern Botswana could contribute to adaptive management of an important natural resource that appears to be under threat. This study applied two theoretical frameworks explaining the transfer of knowledge and uptake of research to examine how stakeholders communicate to support management of northern Botswana’s wild animals. Their selected research outputs, research permits, management documents, and interviews indicate that these stakeholders make up an identifiable community of practice, characterized by mutual engagement, joint enterprise, and shared repertoire. Communication, within this community of practice, and to outside actors, however, should be strengthened, to both inform debate and to allow findings to be put to more use in continuously improving management of wildlife resources.

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