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
- The Conservation Revolution will be translated!The book The Conservation Revolution: Radical Ideas for Saving Nature beyond the Anthropocene by Bram Büscher and Robert Fletcher is currently being translated into several languages: Français: there will be a French translation by Actes Sud, hopefully coming in 2023; Español: there will be a Spanish translation by Icaria Editorial, hopefully coming in 2022; Deutsch:Continue reading “The Conservation Revolution will be translated!”
- Living Landscapes project approved!We are taking convivial conservation to the next level: the Oak Foundation has approved a three-year programme to start implementing convivial conservation in three living landscapes in South Africa. The programme will be led by The institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) of the University of the Western Cape, together with the SociologyContinue reading “Living Landscapes project approved!”
- 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”
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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