For co-existence, (bio)diversity and justice in conservation


Convivial (literally: ‘living with’) conservation offers a new and integrated approach to understanding and practicing environmental conservation. It is a Whole Earth vision that responds to the major ecological, social and political-economic challenges facing people and biodiversity in the 21st century.

Convivial conservation is inspired by many collectives and individuals doing conservation differently and holistically. Several research projects are ongoing to learn from their practices and to support them by providing a vision that unites different struggles in pursuit of a socially and ecologically just conservation. The idea is to build on promising examples to develop a general conservation model embodying more convivial principles both within these sites and elsewhere.

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India Team

European Team

Shelby Matevich

South Africa Team

Mafaniso Hara

Brazil Team

Tanzania Team


Convivial conservation has been discussed in a variety of print, audio and visual media, including the following:


Convivial conservation is conceptualised as one stream within a broader societal transformation to sustainability. We are proud to work together with and/or get inspiration from the following like-minded projects and initiatives: