Can we find better ways to live with wildlife?

Conservation science in the Anthropocene requires a holistic approach. People and nature are interdependent, and humans are integral to managing nature, but conservation practice can often conflict with our activities and livelihoods. Frequently, although the immediate causes of conflict may appear straightforward, such as a loss of livestock to a wolf or crops to elephant damage, the underlying drivers are far more complex. What appears to be a direct conflict with wildlife may actually reflect clashes between different groups of people with competing interests. This raises questions about how best to reduce the damage to livelihoods posed by wildlife, and about who holds legitimate rights over nature. Using real-world examples, speakers will untangle some of the key debates regarding the participation of local communities and other stakeholders in the governance of natural resources. How can different world views best be integrated into the decision-making process to mitigate conflict? Ultimately, can we find better ways of living alongside wildlife and each other?



  • Dr Sarah Durant, Zoological Society of London: "An Introduction to human wildlife conflict"
  • Dr Jerome Lewis, University College London & Co-director of the Extreme Citizen Science Research Group: "How Citizen Science can facilitate better ways to live with other species"
  • Diana Pound, Director, Dialogue Matters: "Award winning Consensus Building - for Hatfield Forest"

Chaired by Agnese Marino, Zoological Society of London

Due to unforseen circumstances Dr Juliette Young from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology is no longer able to speak at this event, we apologise for any inconvenience.


Please find the Agenda and Abstracts for this event here PDF icon Agenda and Abstracts - 12th March 2019 - ZSL Science and Conservation Event (291.75 KB)


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Attending this event

  • This Science and Conservation Event is free to attend and booking is not required.
  • Venue: Huxley Lecture Theatre, Main Meeting Rooms, ZSL London Zoo. See map
  • Underground – Camden Town Station; Nearest bus - no. 274
  • Doors open at 5pm for a 6pm start.
  • Seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • A drinks reception for ZSL Fellows and their guests is held from 5 – 5:50pm.  More information on ZSL Fellowship can be found here



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