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Land Rights, Biodiversity Conservation and Justice

Rethinking Parks and People

Sharlene Mollett (University of Toronto, Canada) Thembela Kepe (University of Toronto, Canada)



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21 November 2019
Development studies; Land rights; Biodiversity
In the context of sustainable development, recent land debates tend to construct two porous camps. On the one side, norms of land justice and their advocates dictate that people's rights to tenure security are tantamount and even sometimes key to successful conservation practice. On the other hand, biodiversity protection and conservation advocates, supported by global environmental organizations and states, remain committed to conservation strategies, steeped in genetics and biological sciences, working on behalf of a global mandate for biodiversity and climate change mitigation. Land Rights, Biodiversity Conservation and Justice seeks to illuminate struggles for land and territory in the context of biodiversity conservation. This edited volume explores the particular ideologies, narratives and practices that are mobilized when the agendas of biodiversity conservation practice meet, clash, and blend with the demands for land and access and control of resources from people living in, and in close proximity to, parks. The book maintains that, while biodiversity conservation is an important goal in a time where climate change is a real threat to human existence, the successful and just future of biodiversity conservation is contingent upon land tenure security for local people. The original research gathered together in this volume will be of considerable interest to researchers of development studies, political ecology, land rights, and conservation.
Edited by:   Sharlene Mollett (University of Toronto Canada), Thembela Kepe (University of Toronto, Canada)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9780367820862
ISBN 10:   0367820862
Series:   Routledge Studies in Sustainable Development
Pages:   220
Publication Date:   21 November 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sharlene Mollett is an assistant professor in the Centre for Critical Development Studies and the Department of Human Geography Department at the University of Toronto, Canada. Thembela Kepe is a professor in the Department of Geography, and the Centre for Critical Development Studies at the University of Toronto, Canada.

Reviews for Land Rights, Biodiversity Conservation and Justice: Rethinking Parks and People

The subtitle of Sharlene Mollett and Thembela Kepe's admirably, coherent and tightly argued new volume, Land Rights, Biodiversity Conservation and Justice is 'Rethinking Parks and People'. The contributors' multidisciplinary approach, broadly oriented within political ecology, places environmentalist justifications for forced removals and the extrajudicial killings of 'poachers' in stark relief. - Scott Burnett, South African Journal of International Affairs

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