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Collaborative Frameworks in Land Management: A Case Study on Integrated Deer Management

This project aims to produce a generic framework for effective, informed and inclusive collaborative management to promote rural sustainability, using wild deer as a case study.

There are many different and conflicting attitudes to deer and how best to manage them. Deer management provides jobs in rural areas and the meat industry and tourists are drawn to areas to see deer and the landscapes that they help to create. However, in some areas, high deer numbers cause overgrazing and damage to sensitive natural habitats, agricultural crops, forestry and suburban gardens. Deer are increasingly involved in road accidents.

This project will investigate how well people involved in deer management work together and how this can be improved to minimise costs and maximise the benefits. Workshops, focus groups and in-depth interviews with policy makers, practitioners, researchers and the public across different scales and levels of complexity will be used to identify the various issues and barriers to collaboration and how they can be overcome.

By increasing the understanding of the issues between ecologists, economists and social scientists and combining this knowledge with management objectives, to improve deer management, a framework for collaborative management of an ecological resource will be developed.