NEWS | Special Issue in Political Geography: Conservation in Violent Environments

The special issue edited by Marijnen, de Vries and Duffy analyses conservation in areas of violent conflict and demonstrates that people have multi-faceted relationships with nature in violent environments.

The introduction to the Political Geography Special Issue ‘Conservation in Violent Environments’ has now been published.

The piece Conservation in violent environments: Introduction to a special issue on the political ecology of conservation amidst violent conflict’ launches a larger volume edited by Esther Marijnen (University of Ghent), Lotje de Vries (Wageningen University) and Rosaleen Duffy (BIOSEC, University of Sheffield). The volume is the result of a¬†workshop held at Sheffield in late 2017 on Conservation and Conflict, organised by Marijnen and De Vries.

The collection of nine papers analyses conservation in areas of violent conflict and demonstrates that people have multi-faceted relationships with nature in violent environments, developing complex interactions with conservation territories, actors and partnerships.

The issues draws a number of conclusions, specifically:

* We need to focus on the interplay between conservation and conflict, not just the risks conflict poses to conservation.

* Conservation in violent environments often offers governments an additional tool for controlling populations and countering resistance.

* Civilian actors, rangers, rebel groups, and community organisations are not just subject to conservation objectives, but also use the opportunities and technologies conservation can bring for their own interests

The introduction is fully Open Access and is available to download here. The other articles in the Special Issue are available via the publisher, Elsevier.