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Decolonizing Conservation Through Biocultural Restoration: Hawaiʻi as an Example

Friday, May 6, 2022

2 p.m. EDT | Online

Conservation projects and programs, albeit well intentioned, have often used the tools of colonization to meet their goals. Such approaches have not been welcomed by Indigenous communities, and have often led to contentious relationships between Amer-European conservationists and Indigenous Peoples. The same is true in Hawaiʻi, but since the 1990s—when relationships between Native Hawaiians and American conservationists was at its lowest point—biocultural restoration efforts have provided a bridge that has helped Hawaiʻi to meet conservation goals while addressing environmental justice issues for Native Hawaiians. Some of these stories will be highlighted in Dr. Winter’s talk.

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