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12th Annual CTEC Symposium: New Approaches to Conservation Conflicts

April 15, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm EDT


The Annual CTEC Symposium brings together researchers, professionals, educators, and students to learn about and become involved in the application of new approaches to conservation conflicts. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about conservation conflict transformation, bridging conflicts between agriculture and conservation, managing human-wildlife conflicts, reducing conflicts over land use and biodiversity, and reducing human conflicts that undermine conservation and wildlife management.

Keynote Speaker: Adrian Treves

“Rethinking biodiversity preservation and conservation conflicts”

Portrait of Keynote Speaker: Adrian Treves

Adrian Treves earned his PhD at Harvard University in 1997 and is now a professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on ecology, law, and agroecosystems where crop and livestock production overlap carnivore habitat. He and his students work to understand and manage the balance between human needs and carnivore conservation. He has authored >100 scientific papers on predator-prey ecology or conservation. Most recently Dr. Treves has been writing and speaking on the public trust doctrine and intergenerational equity.

Highlights Include:

-Human-wildlife relations in Bandipur Tiger reserve

-The Dakota access pipeline conflicts and indigenous rights

-Conflicts transformation for sustainable Conservation outcomes

-Fostering collaboration in environmental management


The symposium registration fees includes, refreshments, lunch and the certificate of attendance. Cancellation received in writing 14-days in advance of the event will be eligible for a full refund.


Early registration on or before March 15: $35 non-student/$25 student

Late registration after March 16: $55 non-student/$45 student

For more information, contact the CTEC Education Coordinator, Meghan Hoskins

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Rethinking biodiversity preservation and conservation conflicts

Intergenerational equity (IGE) is a moral principle that current and future generations have equitable rights. Because some national constitutions are silent about environmental rights, numerous jurisdictions integrate environmental common law with other constitutional protections, into legal guidance often referred to as public trust doctrines (PTD). Under constitutions or common law PTD, numerous governments have legally binding duties to protect future citizens’ rights to nature, and to account for the broad public interest in preserving and regulating the uses of nature, as a permanent trust for their citizens. Dr. Treves will review the scientific and practical implications of IGE as it pertains to rights to biodiversity and a stable, predictable atmosphere, adopting a multidisciplinary lens of science, law, and ethics. Because IGE or PTD figure prominently in atmospheric trust litigation heard by high courts in at least 7 countries, Dr. Treves will examine the legal bases for recent and current challenges to national climate policies.

By contrast, biodiversity practice, law, and applied science is largely uninformed by IGE and PTD principles. Dr. Treves will apply IGE principles qualitatively to the conservation conflicts surrounding three categories of living organisms: one exemplifies those species threatened with extinction, the second exemplifies popular species argued to be over-abundant in a hypothetical jurisdiction, and the third exemplifies species that are so unpopular that nearly all of society calls for their extinction.

Four practical revisions to how we think about applied biodiversity science and practice are recommended. In brief, preservation is not a bad word; participation is a double-edged sword; conservation conflicts are healthy and necessary; and independent scholars and courts are essential watch-dogs over elected officials. With broad reform, we can achieve prudent, legitimate trusteeship for the environment inherited by future generations.

Symposium participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of understanding and addressing conservation conflict from different socio-ecological perspectives
  • Describe and discuss a conservation conflict approach that has demonstrated a positive impact and has applicability in other conservation conflict scenarios
  • Recognize the problems we face in contemporary conservation conflicts and be able to think about how we could address these challenges in new ways
  • Stimulate a dialogue among participants about the application of new research and insights to address conservation conflicts


April 15, 2017
9:00 am - 6:00 pm EDT


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