Beyond Inclusive Conservation

Beyond Inclusive Conservation

Series Overview

Inclusive conservation—conservation that acknowledges and supports the rights, needs, visions, voices, and leadership of local populations and communities in the protection and management of nature—is key to achieving positive outcomes for both biodiversity and people. Indeed, those working toward global conservation goals broadly recognize the need to embrace inclusive conservation.

In recent years, conservation organizations have made concerted efforts to promote equitable governance, adopt human rights-based approaches, and advance Indigenous Peoples and local community-led conservation. This work requires integrating insights into diverse community perspectives, cultural values, knowledge systems, and local approaches to conservation. Even with these efforts, there are still substantive knowledge and capacity gaps in how to move inclusive conservation forward.

Bridging the theoretical with the practical, this seminar series will help the broader conservation community advance its inclusive conservation efforts and provide insights from science for policy and practice. Topics will include human rights, gender, human well-being, governance, Indigenous-led conservation, culture, and inclusive conservation science.

Seminar One

Centering Human Rights in Conservation

January 18, 2024 | 7:00 AM PT/10:00 AM ET


  • Patrick Smallhorn West, James Cook University
  • Jennifer Tauli-Corpuz, IUCN CEESP
  • Elisa Morgera, One Ocean Hub, Strathclyde School of Law

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Seminar Two

Advancing Gender Transformative Approaches to Conservation

February 15, 2024 | 7:00 AM PT/10:00 AM ET


  • Marlene Elias, CIAT
  • Jacqueline Lau, James Cook University
  • Jamie Wen-Besson, IUCN AGENT Program

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Seminar Three

Incorporating Human Wellbeing for More Equitable Conservation

February 29, 2024 | 7:00 AM PT/10:00 AM ET


  • Emily Woodhouse, University College London
  • David Gill, Duke University
  • Natalie Ban, University of Victoria
  • Craig Leisher, The Nature Conservancy

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Seminar Four

Sharing Power and Capacity for More Inclusive Conservation Governance

March 14, 2024 | 7:00 AM PT/10:00 AM ET


  • Anne Larson, CIFOR
  • Phil Franks, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
  • Bram Buscher, Waginengen University
  • Mere Takoko, Conservation International

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Seminar Five

The Intersection of Culture and Conservation

April 25, 2024 | 7:00 AM PT/10:00 AM ET


  • Jules Pretty, University of Essex
  • Ron Vave, East Carolina University
  • Mehana Blaich Vaughan, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
  • Rachel Dacks, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

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Seminar Six

Forefronting Indigenous Rights, Knowledge and Leadership in Conservation

May 16, 2024 | 7:00 AM PT/10:00 AM ET

  • Simon Loncopan, Futa Mawiza
  • Viviana Figueroa, Technical Lead for Indigenous Peoples Forum on Biodiversity
  • June Rubis, ICCA Consortium and BiiH (Building Indigenous Initiatives in Heritage)
  • Roberto Múkaro Borrero, Inclusive Conservation Academy

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Seminar Seven

Towards a More Inclusive Conservation Science

May 30, 2024 | 7:00 AM PT/10:00 AM ET


  • Gabby Ahmadia, World Wildlife Fund
  • Asha De Vos, OceanSwell
  • Anne Salomon, Simon Fraser University
  • Philile Mbatha, University of Cape Town, One Ocean Hub

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