South Asia

Organized Panel Session

34 - Human-Nature Relations in Asia: Contributions to Biodiversity Conservation

7/6/2018
10:20 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Cypress, New Building

The separation between human and nature has been seen crucial to the success of biodiversity conservation. While this may be possible where the human population is either absent or when they are not directly dependent on natural resources for their immediate needs. Local communities and their cultures, especially in the Asian region, have always been closely linked to nature and its resources, therefore such separation between humans and nature has come under immense criticism. The contemporary forms of conservation practices, however, promote and acknowledge local practices and participation of local communities in conservation practices, resulting in the rise of human-nature relations studies.


Human-nature relations in Asia are diverse and multifaceted. The meaning of nature and the value attributed to it varies across regions and cultures of Asia. Recognition of the importance of local meanings, bottom-up approach to conservation practices and bridging the deep divide between nature and humans have opened doors to accommodate views from the local communities i.e. the local cultural meanings attached to biodiversity. This panel offer a collection of papers to think about how and in what ways shall we understand the local meanings of nature and worldview of local communities. The panel aims to capture the various understandings of human-nature relations in Asia through a range of discipline from animal studies, environmental history and anthropology.

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Ambika Aiyadurai

Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, India

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Ghazala Shahabuddin

University of Pennsylvania, United States

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Ghazala Shahabuddin

University of Pennsylvania, United States

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Ambika Aiyadurai

Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, India

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Meera Anna. Oomen

Dakshin Foundation, India

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