Convivial Conservation

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

If you want to contribute to developing this exciting new conservation vision, governance and practice, please get in touch!

Blogs, news and updates

  • Some CONVIVA news
    This 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 “Home”
  • The Case for Convivial Conservation
    Originally 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 “Home”
  • What is transformation anyway?
    By Kate Massarella, Wageningen University (Netherlands) Since the Brundtland report was published over 30 years ago, sustainable development has held its place as the goal for many concerned with both environmental protection and economic development. This powerful idea that we can eliminate global poverty while preserving the natural world has captured and held the collectiveContinue reading “Home”

The conservation revolution

Convivial Conservation is inspired by a new book by Bram Büscher and Robert Fletcher, recently published 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 will be available in February 2020 here and via other major booksellers.

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