Multiple conceptualizations of nature are key to inclusivity and legitimacy in global environmental governance

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Coscieme, Luca, Silva Hyldmo, Hakon da, Fernandez-Llamazares, Álvaro, Palomo, Ignacio, Mwampamba, Tuyeni H., Selomane, Odirilwe, Sitas, Nadia, Jaureguiberry, Pedro, Takahashi, Yasuo, Lim, Michelle, Barral, Maria P., Farinaci, Juliana S., Diaz-Jose, Julio, Ghosh, Sonali, Ojino, Joyce, Alassaf, Amani, Baatuuwie, Bernard N., Balint, Lenke, Basher, Zeenatul, ..., Valle, Mireia. 2020. "Multiple conceptualizations of nature are key to inclusivity and legitimacy in global environmental governance." Environmental Science and Policy. 104, pp. 36-42. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2019.10.018
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Multiple conceptualizations of nature are key to inclusivity and legitimacy in global environmental governance

ERA Journal ID36370
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsCoscieme, Luca (Author), Silva Hyldmo, Hakon da (Author), Fernandez-Llamazares, Álvaro (Author), Palomo, Ignacio (Author), Mwampamba, Tuyeni H. (Author), Selomane, Odirilwe (Author), Sitas, Nadia (Author), Jaureguiberry, Pedro (Author), Takahashi, Yasuo (Author), Lim, Michelle (Author), Barral, Maria P. (Author), Farinaci, Juliana S. (Author), Diaz-Jose, Julio (Author), Ghosh, Sonali (Author), Ojino, Joyce (Author), Alassaf, Amani (Author), Baatuuwie, Bernard N. (Author), Balint, Lenke (Author), Basher, Zeenatul (Author), Boeraeve, Fanny (Author), Budiharta, Sugeng (Author), Chen, Ruishan (Author), Desrousseaux, Maylis (Author), Dowo, Gregory (Author), Febria, Catherine (Author), Ghazi, Houda (Author), Harmackova, Zuzana V. (Author), Jaffe, Rodolfo (Author), Kalemba, Mphatso M. (Author), Lambini, Cosmas K. (Author), Lasmana, Felicia P. S. (Author), Mohamed, Assem A. A. (Author), Niamir, Aidin (Author), Pliscoff, Patricio (Author), Sabyrbekov, Rahat (Author), Shrestha, Uttam B. (Author), Samakov, Aibek (Author), Sidorovich, Anna A. (Author), Thompson, Laura (Author) and Valle, Mireia (Author)
Journal TitleEnvironmental Science and Policy
Journal Citation104, pp. 36-42
Number of Pages7
Year2020
PublisherElsevier
Place of PublicationUnited States
ISSN1462-9011
1873-6416
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2019.10.018
Web Address (URL)https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1462901119303491#!
Abstract

Despite increasing scientific understanding of the global environmental crisis, we struggle to adopt the policies science suggests would be effective. One of the reasons for that is the lack of inclusive engagement and dialogue among a wide range of different actors. Furthermore, there is a lack of consideration of differences between languages, worldviews and cultures. In this paper, we propose that engagement across the science-policy interface can be strengthened by being mindful of the breadth and depth of the diverse human-nature relations found around the globe. By examining diverse conceptualizations of “nature” in more than 60 languages, we identify three clusters: inclusive conceptualizations where humans are viewed as an integral component of nature; non-inclusive conceptualizations where humans are separate from nature; and deifying conceptualizations where nature is understood and experienced within a spiritual dimension.

Considering and respecting this rich repertoire of ways of describing, thinking about and relating to nature can help us communicate in ways that resonate across cultures and worldviews. This repertoire also provides a resource we can draw on when defining policies and sustainability scenarios for the future, offering opportunities for finding solutions to global environmental challenges.

KeywordsEarth jurisprudence; Indigenous peoples; Knowledge systems; Ontological turn; Rights of nature; Science-policy process
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020419999. Other environmental sciences not elsewhere classified
410499. Environmental management not elsewhere classified
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Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Dublin, Ireland
Norwegian Environment Agency, Norway
University of Helsinki, Finland
Basque Centre for Climate Change, Spain
National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico
Stockholm University, Sweden
Stellenbosch University, South Africa
National University of Cordoba, Argentina
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan
University of Adelaide
National Institute of Agricultural Technology, Argentina
National Institute for Space Research, Brazil
National Technological Institute of Mexico, Mexico
Wildlife Institute of India
Lund University, Sweden
University of Jordan
University for Development Studies, Ghana
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, United Kingdom
Michigan State University, United States
University of Liege, Belgium
Indonesian Institute of Sciences, Indonesia
East China Normal University, China
Jean Moulin University Lyon 3, France
Midlands State University, Zimbabwe
University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Cadi Ayyad University, Morocco
Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
Vale Technological Institute, Brazil
Environmental Affairs Department, Malawi
University of Bayreuth, Germany
High Conservation Value HCV Network, United Kingdom
Agricultural Research Center, Egypt
Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, Germany
Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Chile
American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan
Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems
Aigine Cultural Research Center, Kyrgyzstan
National Academy of Sciences of Belarus
United States Geological Survey, United States
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