LUCSUS Seminar: A political geography perspective on ecological networks: connectivity & neoliberalization in the greenbelt of Fennoscandia initiative – with Ian Florin
Welcome to a LUCSUS seminar with Ian Florin, the University of Geneva.
LUCSUS Seminar: A political geography perspective on ecological networks: connectivity & neoliberalization in the greenbelt of Fennoscandia initiative – with Ian Florin (Environmental Governance and Territorial Development Hub, University of Geneva)
This seminar aims to present and discuss the preliminary results of a PhD dissertation which was hosted at LUCSUS for a 1-year period on a Swiss National Science Foundation mobility fellowship.
Following a global trend toward the expansion of the number of protected areas, the widening of its protected area network as one of the main measures of the newly established European Union’s biodiversity strategy for 2030. Hence, initiatives simultaneously promoting sustainable development and ecological connectivity are set to become important components of European policy within the next few years. Using a protected area network from northern Europe as a case study, I explore how and why individual and collective actors frame, shape, and leverage this kind of conservation initiatives.
First, I analyze the ways in which at how the concept of ecological network can frame different – sometimes competing – conservation efforts. Second, I examine how ecological networks contribute to assigning different roles and responsibilities that can overlap and conflict with pre-existing duties and functions at the local level. Third, I explore how scientific discourses on ecological connectivity inform protected area networks and how they simultaneously facilitate and oversimplify dialogue about nature conservation.
The LUCSUS seminars are open for all researchers and students to attend. Due to the current situation with Covid-19 the seminars will take place on zoom.
To participate please register with Natalia Rubiano.
natalia [dot] rubiano_rivadeneira [at] LUCSUS [dot] lu [dot] se
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