Western Conservation in Melanesia: Biodiversity conservation for whom, by whom, and according to whom?

Bridget M. Henning

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Abstract

Melanesia is often imagined as an exotic locale with unusual flora and fauna and mysterious indigenous people. The world that Western conservationists experience is different from the world Melanesians live in, in which the flora and fauna are a regular part of their lives, as are the harsh realities of limited healthcare, education and economic opportunity. This chapter discusses biodiversity, threats to biodiversity, and the practice of biodiversity conservation in Melanesia, highlighting differences in Western and Melanesian thought and practices regarding these topics. Knowledge of biodiversity is recognised by conservationists through formal ‘discovery’, and much of the biodiversity of Melanesia remains undiscovered by Western science. The process of species discovery and ranking of biodiversity areas is central to Western conservationists’ vision of the world. All Melanesian countries are parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Melanesian World
EditorsEric Hirsch, Will Rollason
PublisherRoutledge
Pages532-545
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781315529684
ISBN (Print)9781315529691
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 28 2019

Keywords

  • INHS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences

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