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Post-growth perspectives on biodiversity conservation

On August 23rd 2021, University of Amsterdam presents the 'Post-growth perpectives on biodiversity conservation' symposium as a pre-event to the '8th International Degrowth Conference' 24—28 August 2021 (The Hague, NL)

Participation in the symposium is free, but registration is required for access to Zoom at 


Invited speakers

James R. Allan

University of Amsterdam


Ashish Kothari


former World Commission on Protected Areas


Iago Otero Armengol


9.00 – 9.10:       Welcome by organizing committee 

                          Carmen Capendale, Crelis Rammelt, Kenneth Rijsdijk, and Joeri Sol 

9.10 – 9.55:       Keynote 1

                           Iago Otero Armengol

                           Conservation and transformation

9.55 – 10.00     Break 

10.00 – 11.00   Contributed paper presentations 1

                          Sophus zu Ermgassen (University of Kent)

                          Infrastructure for all within planetary boundaries 

                          Sietze Norder (Leiden University)

                          Anticipated postgrowth effects on insular biodiversity:   An Island Perspective. 

                         Vanessa Lambrecht (Het Grote Midden Oosten Platform):

                         The challenge for Western actors to be inclusive in de-growth actions and working for

                         environmental justice, and ensuring participation from the MENA region 

11.05 – 11.50  Keynote 2

                         James Allan 

                         Mapping global priorities for biodiversity conservation. Can we link these to postgrowth?

11.50 – 12.00  Break  

12.00 – 13:00  Contributed workshop 

                         Fiore Longo (Survival International), Francis Shomet Naingisa (Maasai elder), and

                         Carola Rackete (#NatureNeedsJustice Campaign)


                         Decolonizing conservation to provide biodiversity justice

13:00 – 14:00  Lunchbreak

14.00 – 14.40  Contributed paper presentations 2   

                         Joeri Sol (University of Amsterdam); to replace Jack Sykes 

                         Development, economic growth, and species endangerment 

                        Jocelyne Sze (University of Sheffield) and Emiel de Lange (University of Edinburgh)

                        Conservation Basic Income as a progressive policy mechanism 

14.40 – 14.50 Break 

14.50 – 15.30 Contributed paper presentations 3 


                        Donnie Maclurcan (Post Growth Institute); to replace Sharona Jurgens 

                        What our bodies intuitively know about the crossover between economies and ecosystems

                        Gustavo Perez Verdin (Instituto Politecnico Nacional, CIIDIR Durango)

                        Effects of a payment for ecosystem services program in communicty forests in northern


15.30 – 15.45 Break 

15.45 – 16.45  Keynote 3

                        Ashish Kothari

                        Ecoswaraj: Radical Ecological Democracy Towards Justice and Sustainability

16.45 – 17.00 Closing words by organizing committee

                        Carmen Capendale, Crelis Rammelt, Kenneth Rijsdijk, and Joeri Sol 

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