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Privatising nature? Government support for public and private protected areas


Kirkpatrick, J and Fielder, J and Davison, A, Privatising nature? Government support for public and private protected areas, Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, 9-13 July 2019, Hobart, Australia (2019) [Conference Extract]

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Background – the last 50 years

  • transition  from welfare states underpinned by public spending, towards ‘free-market’ capitalism characterised by upward redistribution and concentration of wealth within a small elite.
  • strengthening links between super-rich elites and governments and ‘neofeudal’ dynamics of inheritance and exclusion.
  • nature conservation has become politically important, first addressed by the creation of public reserves managed and financed by governments, and later addressed by the establishment of private conservation reserves.

How has the privatisation of public resources shaped the creation and management of protected areas?

We test the hypotheses that, in Australia, there has been:

  • deliberate disablement  by governments of public conservation efforts in favour of private endeavours or no endeavours whatsoever;
  • A diversion of public funds from public protected areas to private protected areas. 

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:private protected areas, National reserve system, neoliberal conservation
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Social geography
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Kirkpatrick, J (Professor James Kirkpatrick)
UTAS Author:Fielder, J (Ms Julie Fielder)
UTAS Author:Davison, A (Associate Professor Aidan Davison)
ID Code:134135
Year Published:2019
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP180103118)
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2019-07-30
Last Modified:2019-08-05

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