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Monday, 4 June 2012, 14:00 - 15:30 at UNU-IAS in Yokohama

Managing Conservation Conflicts: An Economic Perspective on Biodiversity Governance
by Douglas C. MacMillan
Head of the School of Anthropology and Conservation, University of Kent


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Seminar Description
Seminar language: English


Wildlife represents a major "governance challenge": they are not owned and can roam freely across ownership and national boundaries; they are sentient and respond to natural and anthropocentric changes in their external environment; and their population dynamics are strongly influenced by huge social and economic forces either directly (e.g. tiger parts) or indirectly (e.g. habitat loss). The creation of resilient and sustainable mechanisms to conserve biodiversity is essential, but challenging. Biodiversity governance can take many forms and is constantly evolving, but legislation and/or economic incentives remain the dominant paradigms in national and international policy-making. This seminar will explore the sustainability and resilience of both approaches to wildlife management drawing on evidence from case studies arising from the speaker's own research into whaling in South Korea, tiger poaching in Bangladesh, and the conservation of wild geese on agricultural land in Scotland. At a broader level the speaker will argue that biodiversity governance requires more sophisticated hybrid instruments that can deliver cost-effective outcomes which recognize and reflect the anthropocentric drivers of the conservation conflicts, rather than pre-existing orthodoxies and prejudices.


Programme

14:00 - 14:05 Opening Remarks
Govindan Parayil, UNU Vice-Rector and UNU-IAS Director
14:05 - 14:50 Managing Conservation Conflicts: An Economic Perspective on Biodiversity Governance
Douglas C. MacMillan, Head of the School of Anthropology and Conservation, University of Kent
14:50 - 15:30 Discussion


Video and Audio Podcasts

Opening Remarks
Govindan Parayil, UNU Vice-Rector and UNU-IAS Director

[Archived Video- 3 minutes];

Managing Conservation Conflicts: An Economic Perspective on Biodiversity Governance
Douglas C. MacMillan, Head of the School of
Anthropology and Conservation, University of Kent

[Archived Video- 55 minutes]; [Archived Audio- 55 minutes]

Discussion
[Archived Video- 36 minutes]; [Archived Audio- 36 minutes]


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Speaker's Biography

Douglas MacMillan is Head of the School of Anthropology and Conservation, University of Kent and Professor of Applied Resource and Conservation Economics at the Durrel Institute of Conservation and Ecology. His research focuses on understanding the economics of biodiversity conservation and his expertise lies in valuing ecosystem services and biodiversity, human-wildlife conflict studies, spatial conservation planning, illegal wildlife trade and land reform. Currently he is especially focused on using qualitative and quantitative approaches to enrich our understanding of clandestine economic activities, such as wildlife poaching and illegal logging. He has published over 100 articles and book chapters including more than 50 refereed journal papers. His research has been cited in more than 1,200 other publications and his current H-Index is 21 (Google Scholar). He has been a consultant for Asian Development Bank, UK and Scottish Governments, and DANIDA with numerous projects in Sri Lanka, Viet Nam, China, Malaysia, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Tanzania.  
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