Nature Guelph Speaker Series – Environmental Conservation:Hurtful & Helpful
November 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Environmental Conservation as Both Hurtful and Hopeful: Tales From Thailand, Burma and Canada
Presented by Dr. Robin Roth, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Guelph
Many of us have come to see the conservation of nature as a positive thing, something we are proud of as a society. However, the history of protected area establishment around the world has also resulted in the displacement of Indigenous people and the transformation of their traditional livelihoods. Over the last decade this story has begun to change and we are seeing innovative and hopeful models of conservation that begin to meet both environmental goals and social justice goals. Through a series of vignettes from her research in Southeast Asia and North America, Dr. Roth will discuss this evolution of conservation policy, outline some of the hopeful models and identify the challenges to changing out conservation is practiced.
Bio: Dr. Robin Roth is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Guelph. She has almost 20 years of experience conducting research on issues relating to conservation governance in inhabited landscapes and is internationally recognized for her contributions to conservation social science.
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