Convivial (literally: ‘living with’) conservation offers a new and integrated approach to understanding and practicing environmental conservation. It is a Whole Earth vision that responds to the major ecological, social and political-economic challenges facing people and biodiversity in the 21st century
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Convivial conservation is inspired by many collectives and individuals doing conservation differently and holistically. Several research projects are ongoing to learn from their practices and to support them by providing a vision that unites different struggles in pursuit of a socially and ecologically just conservation. The idea is to build on promising examples to develop a general conservation model embodying more convivial principles both within these sites and elsewhere.
We are currently working with the Dutch Planning Bureau for the Environment (PBL) to build convivial conservation scenarios that can inform post-2020 biodiversity frameworks. A first result was published in September 2020: ‘Narratives for the “Half Earth” and “Sharing The Planet” scenarios‘ by Immovilli and Kok
- A New Future for Conservation: Setting out the principles of post-growth conservationAuthors: Robert Fletcher, Kate Massarella, Ashish Kothari, Pallav Das, Anwesha Dutta and Bram Büscher The prospects for Earth’s biological diversity look increasingly bleak. The urgency of global efforts to preserve biodiversity long predates the COVID-19 crisis, but the pandemic has added new dimensions to the problem. Conservation funding from nature tourism has all but disappearedContinue reading “A New Future for Conservation: Setting out the principles of post-growth conservation”
- Some CONVIVA newsThis short news item on CONVIVA – the convivial conservation research project was first submitted as a contribution to the Transformations2Sustainability September 2019 newsletter. In June 2019, the University of Sheffield, one of the institutions involved in the CONVIVA – convivial conservation research project funded by the Belmont Forum/NORFACE, hosted a workshop bringing together diverseContinue reading “Some CONVIVA news”
- The Case for Convivial ConservationOriginally published at: http://undisciplinedenvironments.org/index.php/2019/10/01/the-case-for-convivial-conservation/ By Bram Büscher and Robert Fletcher, Wageningen University (Netherlands) In the face of the sixth extinction, rising wildlife crime and biodiversity under dire threat around the globe, environmental conservation finds itself in desperate times. A new approach is needed, one that takes seriously our economic system’s structural pressures, violent socio-ecological realities,Continue reading “The Case for Convivial Conservation”
Convivial Conservation is inspired by a new book by Bram Büscher and Robert Fletcher, published in February 2020 by Verso Books. Titled The Conservation Revolution: Radical Ideas for Saving Nature beyond the Anthropocene, it outlines the historical roots and conceptual framework guiding the convivial conservation proposal and CONVIVA research project. It is available here and via all major booksellers.
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