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: there will be a German translation by Passagen Verlag, coming in October 2022!

And we are hoping that yet more may materialize soon – stay tuned!

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 Sociology of Development and Change Group at Wageningen University. More updates soon.

A New Future for Conservation: Setting out the principles of post-growth conservation

Authors: 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 disappeared with international travel restrictions, wildlife poaching is on the rise, and various political regimes have used the crisis as an excuse to roll-back and circumvent environmental regulations. These developments are products of the dominant mode of natural resource “management” via technocratic control that is at the core of global socio-ecological crises.

Even worse, perhaps, a series of key international meetings planned throughout 2020 to establish a Global Biodiversity Framework to guide conservation efforts through the next decade have been cancelled or postponed. Yet, while the delay developing this framework leaves conservation’s future even more uncertain, it also presents a valuable opportunity. The COVID-19 crisis has made it clear that any hope of preserving the planet’s rapidly dwindling natural systems and species depend on our capacity to use this extended period of reflection and discussion to push the Biodiversity Framework, as well as national- and local-level policies and practices, in a radical new direction.

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