Nature is vital – there is unlikely to be much disagreement on that point.
However, the implications of that seemingly simple statement tend to become very complex very quickly: what kind of nature are we trying to conserve? Who makes decisions about what is to be protected, and how it is to be protected? Who or what benefits? Why are some conservation approaches more preferred than others?
In July 2019, the Sheffield Institute for International Development was privileged to have several colleagues with diverse expertise on conservation visiting from Tanzania: Christine Noe from the University of Dar es Salaam as well as Thabit Jacob and Wilhelm Kiwango from the University of Dodoma.
Together with two researchers working on conservation at SIID, Dan Brockington and Judith Krauss, we recorded a conversation on conservation which is now available as a SIID podcast, reflecting on the past, present and future of conservation. We discussed big trends in conservation around what understandings of nature and conservation have been prominent, who makes decisions and how the global level affects the local level. We ended on some ideas about what we would like to see happen in conservation going forward.
We hope you enjoy the podcast!