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Advancing Inclusive Biodiversity Research: Strategies for Equitable Practices and Collective Impact




biodiversity, inclusivity, inclusion, representation, parachute science, conservation, diversity, traditional knowledge, equity, collaboration, global south


Biodiversity research is essential for addressing the global biodiversity crisis, necessitating diverse participation and perspectives. However, the field currently faces a significant inclusivity problem as local expertise from biodiversity-rich but economically disadvantaged regions is often underrepresented. The underrepresentation of local experts is driven by four main challenges: linguistic bias, undervalued contributions, parachute science practices, and capacity constraints. While fragmented solutions exist, a unified multi-stakeholder approach is necessary to address these interconnected and systemic issues. Here, we introduce a holistic framework of collective responsibility, integrating tailored strategies that embrace diversity and dismantle systemic barriers for equitable collaboration. This framework delineates the diverse actors and practices required for promoting inclusivity in biodiversity research, assigning clear responsibilities to researchers, publishers, institutions, and funding bodies. Strategies for researchers include cultivating self-awareness, expanding literature searches, fostering partnerships with local experts, and promoting knowledge exchange. For institutions, we recommend establishing specialized liaison roles, implementing equitable policies, allocating resources for diversity initiatives, and enhancing support for international researchers. Publishers can facilitate multilingual dissemination, remove financial barriers, establish inclusivity standards, and ensure equitable representation in peer review. Funders should remove systemic barriers, strengthen research networks, and prioritize equitable resource allocation. Implementing these stakeholder-specific strategies can help dismantle deep-rooted biases and structural inequities in biodiversity research, catalyzing a shift towards a more inclusive and representative model that amplifies diverse perspectives and maximizes collective knowledge for effective global conservation.


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12/06/2023 — Updated on 04/15/2024


How to Cite

Valdez, J., Damasceno, G., Oh, R. R., Uribe, L. C. Q., Barbosa, M. P. B., Amado, T. F., Schmidt, C., Fernandez, M., & Sharma, S. (2024). Advancing Inclusive Biodiversity Research: Strategies for Equitable Practices and Collective Impact. In SciELO Preprints. (Original work published 2023)


Biological Sciences


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