Now open for submissions! The goal is to examine political barriers to conservation as well as possible pathways forward. The proximate reasons for biodiversity loss and wildlife decline are known: habitat degradation, loss and fragmentation, climate change, invasive species, pollution and over harvesting. Underlying causes are also well recognized: dominant economic systems and world views, colonialism, over-consumption, over-population, destructive use of technologies, war and poverty. Many ways of addressing these problems have been proposed by natural and social scientists and biodiversity advocates. However, policies at local, provincial, and national and international levels have failed to address these issues and reverse the decline for virtually all species and ecosystems. While the science is clear, the politics is not. The political barriers to effective conservation of wildlife in Canada need to be highlighted, debated, and confronted.

This Collection originates from the Transformative Politics of the Wild workshop, held at the Munk School of Public Policy, University of Toronto from February 6-7, 2020 and at the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance at Dalhousie University from February 27-28, 2020. Click here for more information.