Understanding Decision Making in Conservation Practice

Understanding Decision Making in Conservation Practice

Presented by Tarsh Thekaekara

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Brief background and overview of the workshop topic:

Conservation of the natural world is of prime importance, particularly since there appears to be consensus among the world’s leading scientists that we are heading into a 6th mass extinction of species. Human impact on the natural world is now so pronounced that scientists believe we are entering a new geological epoch of human dominance of the earth – the anthropocene. While there appears to be broad based support for conserving the natural world, what needs to be done and how it can be achieved is less clear. As the world gets more crowded and consumption levels continue to rise, all other interests appear to clash with conservation. Conservationists and ecologists seem to be fighting a never ending battle, despite the science and data all being completely on their side. What are all the various interest groups, and (how) can all these be reconciled within a democratic decision making framework?

Main aims and goal of the workshop:

To highlight the challenges of working as a conservationist, and to provide participants with an insight into the complexities of democratic decision making.

Information to participants:

Ideally participants should be interested in the practice of conservation, beyond pure science. There will be no lectures/talks, and participants will be expected to express opinions/debate all through the workshop.

About the presenter:

Tarsh Thekaekara is mostly a practising conservationist, working with The Shola Trust an organisation he helped set up 6 years ago that works at the interface of people and wildlife. He is also a part time researcher, looking at how the sciences (both natural and social) can be used more effectively in on-ground conservation initiatives, and he is doing a part time PhD at the British Open University


40 at most, 12 participants at least. In the unlikely event of less than 12 participants registering for this workshop, the workshop will not be conducted.

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