From a variety of ethics to the integrity and congruence of research on biodiversity conservation
This article aims to find the elements that are required for a common ethical approach that is suitable for the different perspectives adopted in integrative biodiversity conservation research. A general reflection on the integrity of research is a priority worldwide, with a common aim to promote good research practice. Beyond the relationship between researcher and research subject, the integrity of research is considered in a broader perspective which entails scientific integrity towards society. In research involving a variety of disciplines and a diversity of legal and ethical frameworks, there is a need of harmony between different sets of values. The notion of congruence (or more pragmatically, alignment) reflects the consistency of ethics in research within the biodiversity conservation’s community of researchers. It also bears on the coherence of values shared between the scientific community and society. We examine the notion of research integrity in a broad sense. This examination is to be conducted in relation to the goal of protecting ecological integrity, which is at the core of biodiversity conservation. The notion of integrity constraints should be investigated further to develop a pragmatic response to the need for integrity and congruence in research for biodiversity conservation.
KeywordsResearch integrity Ecological integrity Ethical congruence Values alignment Biodiversity conservation
We are grateful to four anonymous reviewers who have made a significant contribution to improving this article. This study was presented at the 16th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law “The Transformation of Environmental Law and Governance: Innovation, Risk and Resilience”, at the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance (SCELG), Strathclyde University, Glasgow, on 4-6 July 2018. It is a contribution to the ANR Project (2017-2021) N° ANR-17-CE35-0003-02 FutureHealthSEA “Predictive scenarios of health in Southeast Asia: linking land use and climate changes to infectious diseases”.
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