Shifting lives in the mangroves: Is concrete the way forward in rebuilding the Sunderbans?
by Megnaa Mehtta and Debjani Bhattacharyya Since 2007, the Bay of Bengal basin has seen at least 15 major cyclones, including Sidr in 2007, Aila in 2009, Phailin in 2013, Hudhud in 2014, Bulbul in 2019 and Amphan this year. Amphan made landfall in the Sunderbans, home to five million people, on May 20. […]
Taking Nature Into Account – Reflections on a ‘Super Seminar’
by Alejandra Zaga-Mendez and Rose Pritchard In December 2019, SIID and the University of Sheffield Department of Geography held an interdisciplinary ‘Super Seminar’ on the use of market-based mechanisms in conservation. Involving visiting speakers from the Universities of Antwerp and Québec and over 30 Sheffield staff and students, the resulting discussion raised important questions on […]
Rural Poverty and Rural Assets
Evidence from Tanzania Poverty and prosperity are multi-dimensional. Using single indicators of poverty will produce distorted pictures of well-being. We show that, in rural Tanzania, one of the most common measures of poverty can systematically exclude important forms of wealth. We also show that, while the perspective change in assets offers is useful, assets are […]
Decolonising the environment: race, rationalities and crises
Blog by Adeniyi Asiyanbi Colonialism was a thoroughly environmental project. And the environment remains dangerously colonial today at a time of significant environmental crises. From the plundering of resources for imperial expansion to the constitution of the colonies as the playground of Western environmentalism; from imposition of the ideas of ‘wilderness’ on landscapes to the […]
Conserving what, how, and for whom? Unpacking SDG 15 “Life on land” and its links to convivial conservation
By Judith Krauss, University of Sheffield (UK). This blog was originally published on Convivial Conversation. What does the 15th Sustainable Development Goal, dubbed “Life on Land”, mean for CONVIVA, our research project investigating how conservation can be made more convivial, socially just, transformative? This blog post hopes to offer some initial, non-exhaustive thoughts building on a […]
It’s time to break out your ‘Save the Rainforest’ T-Shirt – and reflect on your consumption and voting habits while you’re at it
Escalating environmental and social destruction in Brazil needs to be stopped urgently to protect vital biomes and their inhabitants in order to halt further deforestation, extinction and global warming. Why should we care and what can we do?