"Decolonizing Nature Conservation" Book Launch

In the new Siemenpuu Foundation's Finnish-language publication Luonnonsuojelun dekolonisaatio – Kohti kanssaelävää suojelua (Decolonizing Nature Conservation Towards Convivial Conservation in English), the Western and colonial approaches to nature conservation and extractivism are introduced with examples from different countries, and decolonizing ideas and approaches from the indigenous and Southern community perspectives are then given. The publication also includes a photo essay "Living and Dying" by Noora Ojala.

We are publishing the pdf ja ebook in a zoom webinar on

Tue 21 Dec 2021 at 2-4 pm Finnish time (UTC+2)

Welcome to listen and discuss with the writers and commentators! Discussion is held mainly in English, even though the publication itself is in Finnish.

Participating writers are Arunopol Seal, Fabrina Furtado, Áslat Holmberg, Marketta Vuola and Pieta Savinotko, as well as Marirajan & al from Ethiopia. Commentaries are given by Professor of Natural Resouce Management Irmeli Mustalahti (University of Eastern Finland) and Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen (University of Helsinki). Event will be moderated by researcher and Siemenpuu board member Mira Käkönen.

Register by email: info(at)siemenpuu.org or directly via zoom. Zoom link will be sent to those registered by email.

Book launch can be also followed live on Siemenpuu's facebook page. More information on facebook event page.

Book is available as PDF formats on Siemenpuu's Publication pages.

Articles of the publication (unofficial titles in English):

  • Olli-Pekka Haavisto: Background: Couple of words on the Western understanding of nature
  • Marketta Vuola: What happened when 10 % of Madagascar was protected?
  • Arunopol Seal: A preface to decolonizing conservation: Perspectives from a subaltern India
  • Pieta Savinotko: Gathering and plantations in and around the forests
  • Áslat Holmberg: Conserving Samí Land
  • Saw John Bright: Indigenous understanding of Salween River is key for biodiversity
  • Marirajan Thiruppathi, Girja Godana Adola & Mokuria Delelegn: Dekolonization of pastoral laws and policies in Ethiopia
  • Fabrina Furtado: Anti-environmentalism and capitalization of nature in Brazil
  • Aili Pyhälä: Decolonising nature conservation according to Natural Law: Learning from the Kogui way
  • Antti Salminen: A word on the unsustainability of nature conservation – three blind spots and a recommendation