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Privatising nature? Government support for public and private protected areas
conference contributionposted on 2023-05-24, 19:03 authored by James KirkpatrickJames Kirkpatrick, Fielder, J, Aidan DavisonAidan Davison
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.
Australian Research Council
Publication titleInstitute of Australian Geographers Conference
Department/SchoolSchool of Geography, Planning and Spatial Sciences
PublisherInstitute of Australian Geographers
Place of publicationAustralia
Event titleInstitute of Australian Geographers Conference
Event VenueHobart, Australia
Date of Event (Start Date)2019-07-09
Date of Event (End Date)2019-07-13