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From Conservation and Conflict to Environmental Peacebuilding for a More-Than-Human World

Elaine Hsiao
October 31, 2022

Conservation suffers from the violence of human conflicts, while also engendering its own social and human-wildlife conflicts. Meanwhile, our approaches to conflict analysis and conflict resolution often separate human issues from environmental issues, resulting in conflict insensitivities or unsustainability on one side or the other, ultimately undermining positive peacebuilding overall. Environmental peacebuilding in a more-than-human world challenges us to re-center our worldviews and modus operandi to consider Indigenous and traditional forms of conservation and conflict resolution that are culturally integrated and bring social and environmental justice to the forefront.