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Conservation, Biodiversity, and Tourism in New Zealand

Conservation, Biodiversity, and Tourism in New Zealand

Engaging with the Conservation Economy

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Ignoring Nature No More
Eric J. Shelton
University of Chicago Press

This chapter focuses on conservation, biodiversity, tourism, and the conservation economy in New Zealand and how different conceptions of nature add complexity to the notion of “ignoring nature.” It discusses the interplay between politics, economics, and activism. It argues that Kate Soper's (1995) philosophical framework provides a basis for clarifying ideas on the status and role of nature, as they are espoused, and may lead to better-informed community and professional involvement in the production of habitat and in species reintroduction. It highlights the Long Point Project, aimed at recreating and restoring sea birds' colonies. The project illustrates a social movement from environmental quietism to urgent ecosystem activism, a development that reflects an increased sense of individual agency, a key component of the neoliberal agenda.

Keywords:   conservation economy, nature, sea birds, Long Point Project, social movement, ecosystem activism

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