Con­ser­va­tion con­flict

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Our Wild World -

Mark Car­war­dine cor­rectly as­serts that per­son­al­is­ing con­ser­va­tion brings in the money that is so vi­tal (My Way of Think­ing, Septem­ber 2018) and or­gan­i­sa­tions have been cap­i­tal­is­ing on nam­ing an­i­mals for decades. How­ever, con­ser­va­tion is pre­dom­i­nantly about re­solv­ing con­flict, more gen­er­ally re­gard­ing hu­man ac­tiv­i­ties. In­creas­ing the cash flow will boost con­ser­va­tion but it will not nec­es­sar­ily aid the con­flict – in­stead, sim­pli­fy­ing the ar­gu­ment can lead to en­trenched views on both sides, which can lead to the ex­ac­er­ba­tion of the con­flict. Short-term gains for con­ser­va­tion or­gan­i­sa­tions can lead to long-term pain for the species. Jack Knott, via email

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