Bowdoin Symposium Leads to Special Issue of ‘Conservation and Society’

Bowdoin 2008 conservation symposium posterThis spring the journal Conservation and Society published a special issue on community-based conservation, inspired by a symposium hosted by Bowdoin College a few years back.

The introductory article – “Conservation As If People Mattered: Policy and Practice of Community-based Conservation” – was written by former Mellon Global Scholar Ashish Kothari, Rusack Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Earth and Oceanographic Science Philip Camill, and conservation professional Jessica Brown.

“Rather than trying to conserve natural areas by taking people out of them, we looked at ways of using participation by local groups to actually aid in conservation efforts,” Camill said. Camill and Kothari were instrumental in developing and running the 2008 symposium, which brought together experts from Maine and around the world.

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