A great new book chapter led by Bram Buscher and seven other colleagues, including myself, about Convivial Conservation, exploring ways out of the biodiveristy crisis. It is published in Transforming Biodiversity Governance (eds. Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers and Marcel Kok). You can find the chapter again under publications on this website, the whole book is open access. The underneath abstract comes from the editors’ Introduction:

Increasingly heated debates concerning species extinction, climate change and global socioeconomic inequality reflect an urgent need to transform biodiversity governance. A central question in these debates is whether fundamental transformation can be achieved within mainstream institutional and societal structures. Chapter 12 argues that it cannot. Indeed, mainstream neoprotectionist and natural capital governance paradigms that do not sufficiently address structural issues, including an increase of authoritarian politics, might even set us back. The way out, the chapter contends, is to combine radical reformism with a vision for structural transformation that directly challenges neoliberal political economy and its newfound turn to authoritarianism. Convivial conservation is a recent paradigm that promises just this. The chapter reviews convivial conservation as a vision, politics and set of governance mechanisms that move biodiversity governance beyond market mechanisms and protected areas. It further introduces the concept of “biodiversity impact chains” as one potential way to operationalize its transformative potential.

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