Making ecologies on private land: Conservation practice in rural-amenity landscapes

Benjamin Cooke, Ruth Lane

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This book explores conservation practices on private land, based on research conducted with landholders in the hinterlands of Melbourne, Australia. It examines how conservation is pursued as an intimate interaction between people and ecologies, suggesting that local ecologies are lively participants in this process, rather than simply the object of conservation, and that landholders develop their ideas of environmental stewardship through this interaction. The book also explores the consequences of private property as a form of spatial organisation for conservation practice; the role of formative interactions with ecologies in producing durable experiential knowledge; how the possibilities for contemporary conservation practice are shaped by historical landscape modification; and how landholders engage with conservation covenants and payment schemes as part of their conservation practice. The authors conclude with ideas on how goals and approaches to private land conservation might be reframed amid calls for just social and ecological outcomes in an era of rapid environmental change.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Pivot
Number of pages125
ISBN (Electronic)9783030312183
ISBN (Print)9873030312176
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NamePalgrave Pivots in the Social Sciences
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

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