Project Profile: CON-VIVA

Towards Convivial Conservation: Governing Human-Wildlife Interactions in the Anthropocene


Principal Investigators: Bram Büscher, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Partners: Daniel Brockington, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Anja Nygren, University of Helsinki, Finland
Katia Ferraz, University of São Paolo, Brazil
Peter Alagona, University of California, Santa Barbara, United States
Mathew Bukhi, University of Dodoma, Tanzania
Robert Fletcher, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Robert Coates, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Stasja Koot, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Rosaleen Duffy, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Markus Kröger, University of Helsinki, Finland
Katja Holmala, Natural Resources Institute (LUKE), Finland
Alexandre Percequilo,University of São Paulo, Brazil
Silvio Marchini, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Cíntia Camila Angelieri, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Jeff Hoelle, University of California, Santa Barbara, United States
Sarah Anderson, University of California, Santa Barbara, United States
Bruce Kendall, University of California, Santa Barbara, United States
Scott Cooper, University of California, Santa Barbara, United States
Hillary Young , University of California, Santa Barbara, United States
Julius Nyahongo, University of Dodoma, Tanzania
Juha Hiedanpää, Natural Resources Institute, Finland
Sponsors: São Paulo Research Foundation, Brazil
Academy of Finland, Finland
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, The Netherlands
Economic and Social Research Council, United Kingdom
National Science Foundation, United States
International Social Science Council


Full Project Title: Towards Convivial Conservation: Governing Human-Wildlife Interactions in the Anthropocene
Full Call Title: T2S2016


Project Objective: CON-VIVA is grounded in the premise that conservation is critical to transformations to sustainability but that its practices need to change radically. Conservation can be effective in protecting biodiversity in places, but in toto has failed to halt global biodiversity loss. Continued habitat fragmentation and reduced funding during times of austerity compound this problem. Many conservationists now acknowledge this, leading to vigorous 'Anthropocene' discussions on how to reconfigure human-wildlife relations, protected areas and the role of economic development in conservation. CON-VIVA's key objective is to conceptually refine and empirically test the prospects for one proposal emerging from these debates: convivial conservation. This new model responds to the T2S themes by moving beyond protected areas and faith in markets to build landscape, governance and funding pathways that integrate conservation and poverty reduction, while enhancing prosperity. CON-VIVA investigates the prospects for convivial conservation by comparing cutting-edge conservation cases that address human-wildlife conflict involving apex predators in Finland, USA and DAC-countries Brazil and Tanzania. Our hypothesis is that if 'living with' apex predators can be effectively combined with new forms of economic development, a transition to convivial conservation can be boosted significantly. By organising the project around integrated academicpractitioner networks on local and global levels, we will better understand the conditions for this transition, while conceptualising and popularising a new model for conservation. This allows CON-VIVA to contribute to SDG15 and to inspire and enhance broader transformations to sustainability.
Call Objective: T2S has two major objectives:

To develop understanding of and promote research on transformations to sustainability which are of significant social, economic and policy concern throughout the world and of great relevance to both academics and stakeholders;

To build capacity, overcome fragmentation and have a lasting impact on both society and the research landscape by cultivating durable research collaboration across multiple borders, disciplinary boundaries, and with practitioners and societal partners. This includes facilitating the development of new research collaborations with parts of the world which are not often involved in large-scale international research efforts, notably low- and middle-income countries.


Regions: Africa, Europe, North America, South America
Countries: Brazil, Finland, Netherlands, Tanzania, United Kingdom, United States of America (USA)


Duration: 46 months
Call Date: July 6, 2017
Project Award Date: April 26, 2018