PODCAST | BIOSEC & Bubbles 5: Drones & Databases – The Appeal of Technology for Conservation

In the final podcast of the series, Laure Joanny & George Iordăchescu discuss how the drones and databases adopted by governments and protected areas are taking the conservation sector into uncharted territory..

COMMENT | The EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030: Problematic separation of humans and nature

Despite its eagerly anticipated publication, the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030 lacks new and radical thinking about ways to develop an ecologically sustainable society, and risks producing and/or deepening serious inequalities and injustices.

BLOG | Criminalisation, Crisis Narratives and The Commission: The fight against deforestation in Europe

In recent months, the European Commission has taken radical action to tackle deforestation in the Carpathian region. But this legislation goes beyond simply addressing non-compliance: the measures also trigger serious changes in national legislation and advance the criminalisation of environmental offences, argues George Iordăchescu.

BLOG | Romania’s forests and a global pandemic: a case of ecological entanglement

Evidence shows that rampant deforestation will worsen the frequency and intensity of future global pandemics. Yet implementing indiscriminate bans on timber harvesting and trade will have an immediate and serious impact on already vulnerable environments and livelihoods, as well being ineffective in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

PODCAST | BIOSEC & Bubbles episode 3: Exclusion or ownership? Communities and Protected Areas

In our third podcast, researchers George Iordăchescu & Elaine (Lan Yin) Hsiao draw on their experiences in Romania and Rwanda to discuss the establishment of protected areas & how this affects the relationship between local communities' and their environments.