Breaking out of the Fortress: A Biocultural Approach to Conservation

Great blog piece by Te Taiawatea Moko-Mead

3Rs of Ecology

– Te Taiawatea Moko-Mead

“Perhaps the greatest challenge of all is to change the way we think about protected areas. In the past they have been seen as islands of protection in an ocean of destruction. We need to learn to look on them as the building blocks of biodiversity in an ocean of sustainable human development, with their benefits extending far beyond their physical boundaries”

Achim Steiner, New Scientist 18 October 2003. p21

Ngāti Awa signing of the deed of settlement, a gateway for indigenous management approaches Ngāti Awa signing of the deed of settlement, a gateway for indigenous management approaches. Photo contribution: Aroha Mead

 Introduction

Biodiversity is declining worldwide, with current extinction levels rising rapidly (Gorenflo et al., 2012). This decline is co-occurring with the knowledge systems that are interconnected with and have long supported biodiversity (Gorenflo et al., 2012; Maffi & Woodley, 2012; Stephenson et al., 2014). However, when confronting biodiversity conservation, management…

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Author: Makere

A Maori/Scots New Zealander transplanted to Canada. Grandmother, academic, indigenous scholar, sometime singer, sometime activist, who cares passionately about our world.