Wildlife management is often understood as the science and practice of maintaining wildlife populations to meet social and ecological goals. While this conceptualization situates wildlife management as an objective scientific endeavor, geographers have repeatedly demonstrated the variable ways that environmental management and the science that supports it is highly contested and emerges in the context of broader social and economic relations (e.g., Nesbitt and Weiner 2001, Rikoon 2006, Robbins 2004, Robbins 2006, Vance 2019). Rather than a process solely shaped by humans, animals themselves (as well as other non-humans) are increasingly seen as agents in these political processes – shaping human behaviors, influencing policy, and remaking landscapes (Dempsey 2010, Nadai and Labussiere 2010, Barua and Sinha 2017, Fleming 2017, Hovorka 2017, Hobson 2007). Emerging scholarship across geography, planning, and conservation biology has called for novel ways of thinking about wildlife management (e.g., replacing conflict with coexistence and cohabitation, multi-species planning) and resulted in productive new methodologies and provocative imagined futures (Hinchliffe et al. 2005, Lorimer 2015, McKiernan and Instone 2015, Boonman-Berson et al. 2016, Crowley et al. 2017, Pooley et al. 2017, Rupprecht 2017, Houston et al. 2018).This session aims to hybridize perspectives of political ecology, more-than-human geographies, environmental justice, and related fields to shed light on how wildlife management strategies are (re)produced, mobilized, and enacted. Our goal is to provoke conversations that explore both opportunities and limits for scholars and practitioners to re-imagine human-wildlife relations that transcend traditional ideals of management.
|Presenter||Sarah L. Crowley*, University of Exeter, Wild Attachments: how new human-wildlife relations emerge from rapid ecological change||15||11:10 AM|
|Discussant||Robert Anderson University of Washington||15||11:25 AM|
|Presenter||François Mialhe*, University of Lyon, FR, Arthur Bostvironnois, University of Lyon, FR, Yanni Gunnell, University of Lyon, FR, Mara Goldman, University of Boulder-Colorado, Ryan Unks, University of Lyon, FR, Nicolas Dendoncker, University of Namur, BE, Hervé Fritz, University of Lyon, FR, A critical review of the scientific knowledge produced about conservation-related issues in an African wildlife conservation hotspot: the Amboseli ecosystem (Kenya).||15||11:40 AM|
|Presenter||Brendon Blue*, The University of Auckland, The making of a predator-free nation||15||11:55 AM|
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