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Mind the gap: information gaps and bridging options in assessing in situ conservation achievements [Elektronische Ressource] / vorgelegt von Monika Bertzky

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Mind the gap: Information gaps and bridging options in assessing in-situ conservation achievements I n a u g u r a l d i s s e r t a t i o n zur Erlangung des akademischen Grades doctor rerum naturalium (Dr. rer. nat.) an der Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald vorgelegt von Monika Bertzky geboren am 13.02.1979 in Darmstad Greifswald, November 2008 Dekan: Prof. Dr. Klaus Fesser 1. Gutachter: Prof. Dr. Susanne Stoll-Kleemann 2. Gutachter: Prof. Dr. Timothy O’Riordan Tag der Promotion: 09.02.2009 “Humans live in the present. We look at the world around us and find it difficult to encompass change over great tracts of time. But the perspective of time is important if we are fully to understand the biological processes we are driving by our actions, and, of course, to see where our future as a species lies.
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Mind the gap:

Information gaps and bridging options in assessing

in-situ conservation achievements






I n a u g u r a l d i s s e r t a t i o n

zur

Erlangung des akademischen Grades

doctor rerum naturalium (Dr. rer. nat.)

an der Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät

der

Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald










vorgelegt von

Monika Bertzky

geboren am 13.02.1979

in Darmstad





Greifswald, November 2008









































Dekan: Prof. Dr. Klaus Fesser


1. Gutachter: Prof. Dr. Susanne Stoll-Kleemann

2. Gutachter: Prof. Dr. Timothy O’Riordan


Tag der Promotion: 09.02.2009












“Humans live in the present. We look at the world around us and find it
difficult to encompass change over great tracts of time. But the perspective
of time is important if we are fully to understand the biological processes we
are driving by our actions, and, of course, to see where our future as a
species lies.”




(Leakey and Lewin, 1996: 249)




















































































To my family










































Acknowledgements
Acknowledgements
My time as a PhD student has been very rewarding in many ways, both professionally and
personally, and my thesis is all but one expression of the experience I have gained.
Clearly, without the help of all those below, this thesis would have never been completed.
First of all, I would like to very much thank my supervisor Prof. Dr. Susanne Stoll-
Kleemann. I feel I was privileged to conduct research under her supervision and truly
appreciate the working, studying and teaching experience I have gained during my time
as her PhD student.
Next I wish to express my gratefulness to my co-supervisor, Prof. Dr. Timothy
O’Riordan, for his very valuable advice and support of my research as well as his
constant encouragement.
I would also like to thank the Robert Bosch Stiftung for funding my studies as part of the
Governance of Biodiversity (GoBi) Project, and the scientific committee members of the
GoBi Project for their valuable advice at different stages of this work.
Throughout the last years I was fortunate to have great colleagues who were a constant
source of personal and professional advice, support and encouragement. Thank you very
much, Nadine Fritz-Vietta, Martin Hirschnitz-Garbers, Nele Leiner, Marion Mehring,
Christoph Nolte and Rainer Schliep, also for feedback on separate chapters of this
document; Dr. Cristina de la Vega-Leinert, also for reviewing Spanish questionnaires,
summaries, case study reports and correspondence; Thomas Reinhold and Thomas Thieke
from the current team in Greifswald; Manuela Peters, also for administrative support in
Greifswald; Sascha Maier and Mattes Scheftelowitz, also for admi
Berlin; Laura Avila, Chantal Bake, Till Below, Jana Flemming and Jane Mertens, also for
their work for the GoBi Project; and Svane Bender, Augustin Berghöfer, and Barbara
Fröde-Thierfelder for sharing the initial two years as a PhD student with me.
The case studies of my thesis were only possible because a large number of people in
Mexico agreed to host me, introduce me to the Sierra Gorda and Sierra de Manantlán
Biosphere Reserves, take me around and be themselves available as interview partners.
My sincere thanks go to all of them. Specifically, I would like to express my gratitude to
Dr. Rodolfo Dirzo, Dr. Gonzalo Halffter and Dr. Sergio Guevara Sada who supported me
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in the preparation of the case studies, Rocío Esquivel Solís from the Mexican Comisión
Nacional de Areas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP) for an official invitation letter to
conduct qualitative social research at the case study sites; and Roberto Pedraza Ruiz from
the Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda as well as Prof. Dr. Enrique Jardel Peláez and Prof. Dr.
Eduardo Santana Castellón from the Centro Universitario Costa Sur of the University of
Guadalajara for their truly outstanding support of my case studies in the biosphere
reserves as well as ongoing advice and support.
Further thanks go to Prof. Dr. Falk Huettmann for his most valuable comments on chapter
E, to Till Sterzel for GIS support, and to Adrián Ruiz for further information on Mexican
history and economy.
I have been very fortunate in that there were always friends around during the busy years
of this work and I consider their friendship a great gift. My sincere thanks go to all of
them: the Berlin Girls, the Trivial Pursuit Circle, los Amigos Bolivianos, and many
others.
Finally, I wish to wholeheartedly thank my family: my parents, sister, brother-in-law and
nephew. I thank them all for their love and their never ending support in every imaginable
way. And last but not least I would like to thank Bastian Bomhard for being there for me.
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