Bringing genetic diversity to the forefront of conservation policy and management

Sean M. Hoban, Heidi C. Hauffe, Silvia Perez-Espona, Jan W. Arntzen, Giorgio Bertorelle, Josef Bryja, Katie Frith, Oscar E. Gaggiotti, Peter Galbusera, Jose A. Godoy, A. Rus Hoelzel, Richard A. Nichols, Craig R. Primmer, Isa-Rita Russo, Gernot Segelbacher, Hans R. Siegismund, Marjatta Sihvonen, Cristiano Vernesi, Carles Vila, Michael W. Bruford*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

In this essay we explore questions on how to increase the visibility and utility of genetic information for biodiversity managers and policy makers. This is discussed in the light of Aichi CBD Target 13, which for the first time impels signatories to minimise genetic erosion and safeguard genetic diversity. Drawing on qualitative results from a questionnaire sent to European conservation professionals by the ConGRESS Framework 7 Support Action (, we summarise our preliminary findings on the attitudes and experiences of European conservation professionals in using genetics. We then discuss the implications of these findings for academics involved in conservation genetics and suggest that a much closer partnership between academic conservation geneticists and conservation practitioners is necessary if the full potential of genetic tools in conservation is to be realised.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)593-598
Number of pages6
JournalConservation Genetics Resources
Issue number2
Early online date11 Jan 2013
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Jan 2013

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Conservation genetics
  • Aichi target 13
  • ConGRESS
  • Biodiversity management
  • Biodiversity policy


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