Insights Invited COB 5/29 – Transformative Conservation in Social-Ecological Systems

Over the past year or so, a small team of us worked on a discussion paper on transformative conservation (click here to view/download) for the 2020 World Conservation Congress (now postponed to January 2021). (We are members of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Commission on Ecosystem Management.) The paper will provide the basis for a few events at the Congress, and draws heavily on political ecology as well as resilience thinking.

In the paper we argue that transformative conservation

  • Rethinks the relationships between nature, society, individuals, and risk in light of nature’s contributions to people, equity and justice, and sustainable development goals;
  • Restructures systems to create durable change at large geographic, ecological, political-economic, and demographic scales; and
  • Ultimately conserves biodiversity while justly transitioning to net negative emissions economies and securing the sustainable and regenerative use of natural resources.

By close of business on Friday, May 29, we are inviting anyone interested to comment on the paper and provide insights. We welcome your input!

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Special Section: Stabilizing a policy: reproducing REDD+

Edited by Adeniyi Asiyanbi and  Jens Friis Lund. Journal of Political Ecology 27:378-495. https://doi.org/10.2458/jpe.v27i1

1) Adeniyi Asiyanbi, Jens Friis Lund. 2020. Policy persistence: REDD+ between stabilization and contestation. Journal of Political Ecology 27: 378-400 https://doi.org/10.2458/v27i1.23493

At this time of rapid global environmental change and demands for sweeping societal transformation, we call for greater scrutiny of the persistence of particular policies and ideas. In this Special Section we focus on REDD+, which for long has enjoyed remarkable global support in spite of poor outcomes and widespread criticisms. […continued below]

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Poll: POLLEN conviviality in times of crisis

In our newsletter last week we published the link to a poll we are running, to find out how the POLLEN network could best be used to keep in touch and be supportive of each other in these challenging times. We have already received some great inputs, but the poll is open for another week (closes on Wednesday, 13th of May). If you are interested and have the time, please fill out the 2-minute survey here.

Vienna Degrowth Conference on Strategies for Social Ecological Transformation (online and free)

Registration for the (newly online) Vienna Degrowth Conference on Strategies for Social Ecological Transformation is now open!
The event will take place from 29 May – 1 June 2020. We are happy to share that participation is free of charge thanks to generous funding from different funding bodies and academic institutions. Visit website here or read more by clicking ‘read more’.

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