23 May Seminar: Managing the wild - managing conflict, Joensuu

Time: 23 May, 2017 at 9:00–15:30

Place: University of Eastern Finland (UEF), Joensuu Campus, Educa building, lecture room E215, Tulliportinkatu 1 (eastern wing)

The seminar is open to all interested. Please register to the e-mail address: outi.ratamaki(at)uef.fi by 16 May, 2017. Welcome!



9.00–9.20 Lasse Peltonen: Welcome and introductions

9.20–10.30 Yorck von Korff: Mediating conflicts: The Lynx Parliament as an example

10.30–11.45 Isabelle Arpin: The 25 year wolf conflict in France. Insights from and into a social scientific expertise.

11.45–12.45 Lunch break (at own expence)

12.45–13.45 Markku Oksanen: Rewilding: a contested approach to nature conservation

13.45–15.00 Facilitated discussion

15.00–15.30 Coffee


Yorck von Korff (flow-ing) has more than 15 years of experience in designing and carrying out participatory projects and training.
Isabelle Arpin (Irstea, France) is a sociologist who studies contemporary ways of investigating and managing biodiversity, with a special interest in collaborations between scientists and various kinds of nature managers. She also has a long-standing interest in relationships with wild animals.
Markku Oksanen (UEF), a docent in environmental philosophy, has published widely on environmental ethics.

Protection of wildlife or their natural habitats is not easily integrated with other uses of natural areas. The numerous conflicts over wildlife and natural habitats demonstrate the complexity of environmental governance, as there is need to reconcile different perspectives and knowledges. In addition, the ideals and concepts of wild/ness, wildlife and wilderness have been challenged. Failure to halt the loss of biodiversity by conventional means has triggered new ways of doing conservation. Examples include rewilding experiments, assisted migration, and the support of novel ecosystems. These have not, however, provided final solutions to the dilemma of how to integrate conservation goals and use of natural resources, but may have triggered new problems and disputes.

Key questions for discussion:
In this seminar, we discuss the various ideas and forms of wild/ness that matter in societies and that are mobilized to conserve or consume nature. What kind of ideas of nature and the wild are mobilized in what contexts? What kind of tensions and conflicts between different ideas or practices emerge? What are the valued and unvalued forms of the wild? For whom are they valuable? What kind of attempts to or practices to secure pure or authentic life forms take place? How are these attempts challenged or troubled by other humans and the wild itself? What are the effects of certain ideas or practices of the wild? Are the emerging tensions generative of or hindering new possibilities to live with the wild?

In addition to these questions we seek transdisciplinary approaches to conflicts and their management. How to deal with diverging interests in environmental decision making? What are the implications of strong interests to policy processes and the use of different kind of knowledge in decision making? How to deal with accountability in conflicting situations? What norms and rules apply? Who compensates what? What methods and tools can be applied?

Soviko project (Mediation and collaborative governance in environmental decision-making) funded by Nessling Foundation and led by professor Lasse Peltonen, University of Eastern Finland.

Managing long-term environmental conflicts project funded by the KONE Foundation and led by Taru Peltola, Finnish Environment Institute.

LYY-institute (The Institute for Natural Resources, Environment and Society), University of Eastern Finland.


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