Conservation in the face of armed conflict
Between the years 1950 and 2000, 90% of the world’s armed conflicts took place within biodiversity hotspots. This high rate of conflict within biodiverse areas presents serious hurdles for conservationists, who often target biodiversity hotspots for conservation. As conflict can seriously undermine conservation efforts, and negatively impact wildlife, understanding the drivers and consequences of conflict is crucial to successful wildlife management. Focusing on Africa, this talk explores the relationship between conflict and conservation, delves into the potential reasons why conflicts occur in biodiversity hotspots, and describes how the risk of armed conflict can be incorporated into conservation decisions.
Edd Hammill studies conservation decisions, including how to deal with risks that can impede management actions. He is currently working with the United Nations Great Ape Research Partnership to understand how the risk of armed conflict can be used to guide great ape conservation.