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Beyond Inclusive Conservation Seminar Series

January 18 March 30

7-Part Fuller Seminar Series Overview

Inclusive conservation—conservation that acknowledges and supports the rights, needs, visions, voices, and leadership of local populations and communities in the protection and management of nature—is key to achieving positive outcomes for both biodiversity and people. Indeed, those working toward global conservation goals broadly recognize the need to embrace inclusive conservation.

In recent years, conservation organizations have made concerted efforts to promote equitable governance, adopt human rights-based approaches, and advance Indigenous Peoples and local community-led conservation. This work requires integrating insights into diverse community perspectives, cultural values, knowledge systems, and local approaches to conservation. Even with these efforts, there are still substantive knowledge and capacity gaps in how to move inclusive conservation forward.

Bridging the theoretical with the practical, this WWF Fuller Fund Seminar Series, in collaboration with IUCN’s CEESP, will help the broader conservation community advance its inclusive conservation efforts and provide insights from science for policy and practice. Topics will include human rights, gender, human well-being, governance, Indigenous-led conservation, culture, and inclusive conservation science.

This is a series of 7 events, the first starting on January 18, 2024.


Seminar One

Centering Human Rights in Conservation

January 18, 2024 | 7:00 AM PT/10:00 AM ET


  • Patrick Smallhorn West, James Cook University
  • Jennifer Tauli-Corpuz, IUCN CEESP
  • Elisa Morgera, One Ocean Hub, Strathclyde School of Law

Seminar Two

Advancing Gender Transformative Approaches to Conservation

February 15, 2024 | 7:00 AM PT/10:00 AM ET


  • Marlene Elias, CIAT
  • Jacqueline Lau, James Cook University
  • Jamie Wen-Besson, IUCN AGENT Program

Seminar Three

Incorporating Human Wellbeing for More Equitable Conservation

February 29, 2024 | 7:00 AM PT/10:00 AM ET


  • Emily Woodhouse, University College London
  • David Gill, Duke University
  • Natalie Ban, University of Victoria
  • Craig Leisher, The Nature Conservancy

Seminar Four

Sharing Power and Capacity for More Inclusive Conservation Governance

March 14, 2024 | 7:00 AM PT/10:00 AM ET


  • Anne Larson, CIFOR
  • Phil Franks, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
  • Bram Buscher, Waginengen University
  • Mere Takako, Conservation International

Seminar Five

The Intersection of Culture and Conservation

April 25, 2024 | 7:00 AM PT/10:00 AM ET

Speakers: TBD

Seminar Six

Recognizing and Bolstering Indigenous Peoples and Local Community Leadership in Conservation

May 16, 2024 | 7:00 AM PT/10:00 AM ET

Speakers: TBD

Seminar Seven

Towards a More Inclusive Conservation Science

May 30, 2024 | 7:00 AM PT/10:00 AM ET

Speakers: TBD