Convivial Conservation: From Principles to Practice

Kate Massarella, Judith E. Krauss, Wilhelm A. Kiwango and Robert Fletcher (eds.)


Global biodiversity is declining at an alarming rate, leading to calls for urgent change in how humans govern, conserve, and live with non-human species. It is argued that this change must be radical and transformative, and must challenge the structures and systems that shape biodiversity conservation. This book brings together a diverse group of authors to explore the potential for transforming biodiversity conservation, focusing on one particular proposal called convivial conservation: a vision, framework, and set of principles for a more socially just, democratic and inclusive form of biodiversity governance.

Drawing on a rich mix of disciplinary perspectives and diverse case studies centering on human-wildlife interactions, the authors demonstrate the potential for transformation in biodiversity conservation that supports human-wildlife coexistence. The authors argue that this desired transformation will only be possible if the status quo is truly disrupted, and that convivial conservation has the potential to contribute to this disruption. However, convivial conservation must evolve in response to, and in harmony with, a plurality of ideas and perspectives, and resist becoming another top-down mode of conservation. To this end, a rich mix of visions, ideas, and pathways are put forward to move convivial conservation from principles to practice. 

The wealth of ideas offered in this collection provides important insights for students, academics, policy-makers, conservation professionals, and anyone who wants to think differently about biodiversity conservation and explore how it can be transformed towards a more just and abundant future. 


“A wide-ranging, exciting tour through the grounded and conceptual alternatives to colonial, top-down, authoritarian conservation that has dominated for far too long. The essays in this volume show not only what is possible for human-wildlife co-existence, but what is indeed already being demonstrated.” – Ashish Kothari, co-author with A. Shrivastava of Churning the Earth: The Making of Global India

“This is an important book which sets a challenge for mainstream conservation and also offers a new pathway via the approach of convivial conservation. The book develops the theoretical approach and explores practical examples of living with wildlife from all over the world. As such it is a tour de force and the best place to start understanding a radical new model for successful conservation.” – Professor Rosaleen Duffy, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Sheffield

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