Is Conservation Extinct? The Place of Conservation within Environmental Discourse

By Philippa Katherine Wells.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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"Conservation" as a term applied in the context of environmental law and policy has undergone subtle and not so subtle changes in meaning since the nineteenth century. In New Zealand's case, not only is much of the history of the physical environment based on conservation issues, but also, since the mid 1980s, there has been a Government Department (Department of Conservation) charged specifically with management of the country's conservation estate. However, more recently, this traditional emphasis on conservation has been criticised as inappropriate and inadequate as a strategy for dealing with broader environmental problems. Taking these criticisms as a starting point, this paper explores and contextualises the changes in meaning given to the term "conservation" in the past, and the role it may play in the context of future environmental policy.

Keywords: Conservation, Physical Environment, Policy, International Environmental Issues

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.335-340. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 542.850KB).

Dr. Philippa Katherine Wells

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Business, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

Although my principal qualification and background is in law, my main interest is in environmental policy, hence the focus of my doctorate completed in 2005. I teach in a range of commercial law areas and have carried out both empirical and bibliographical research in aspects of law. However, I am principally concerned with how environmental problems and issues are defined and managed, in both local and international contexts.


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