Session Preparation

Conservation Conversations | Conservation and _________ | Conservation Around the World

Background materials to review for your ENVX Symposium sessions will be available here prior to the symposium, including insightful readings and videos, interviews conducted with international conservation experts, and related questions and preparation instructions. Do remember that pre-registration is strongly advised, and required for some sessions.  

Conservation Conversations

The Conservation Conversations sessions are co-organized with Narrative 4, a global organization promoting cultural awareness via story exchange. You may wish to read more about their story exchange approach prior to the sessions, in which you will be paired with a person from the international Narrative 4 network, exchange stories about conservation (prompt below), and then retell each other’s stories to all participants. It can be a powerful experience!

The prompt for these story exchange sessions is below; please think about what story you might share in advance.

  • Tell a story about a wild animal or plant you have encountered, and its effect upon you.

Plan to briefly share details of the experience you had with this wild animal or plant!…it will be of interest to your partner. And remember that your partner may come from an entirely different part of the world, so they may not have ever had the experience you will share.

It is recommended that you also bring a picture of the animal or plant, if possible; this could be one you have drawn, or a photo you’ve taken. In either case, you should get a chance to hold it up to the screen to better convey your story to your paired partner.

Conservation and ___________

These four reading-based sessions build on discussions launched during our summer conservation reading group. Reading preparation is below, with a full list of references (some copyright restricted) at bottom.

  • Conservation and Cities. Please read in advance pages 22-25 of Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (2014). Recommended: Schwartz, Jurjavcic, and O’Brien (2002); Blaustein (2013); Snep et al. (2016); Ramírez-Restrepo, Koi, and MacGregor-Fors (2017). 
  • Conservation and the Anthropocene. Please watch in advance videos from, also available here. Recommended: Kareiva, Marvier, and Lalasz (2012); Kueffer and Kaiser-Bunbury (2014).
  • Conservation and Coronavirus: Please read in advance Jabr (2020). Recommended: UNEP (2020); Smith (2020).
  • Conservation and Race. Please read in advance Wohlforth (2010). Recommended: Kepe (2009); Büscher (2016). 


Conservation Around the World

These sessions build on video interviews with conservation experts associated with Lewis & Clark’s Overseas and Off-Campus Programs office. The sessions will include a brief version of these extended interviews:

As preparation, we encourage you to view the full interviews in advance, via the map or table interface below.

Click on the points on this map to view a profile of each expert, including the full interviews and additional background information.


To better understand and compare these interviews, it may be helpful to know their structure. Our international conservation experts each answered three questions:

  1. Please briefly introduce one important case of biodiversity conservation in your area to viewers who may not be familiar with it. This may focus on one particular species or habitat. Why is this case significant to you?
  2. How successfully have knowledge and action worked together in this case? What form(s) of knowledge and action? Give an example to illustrate what you’ve observed.
  3. We know that there are many threats to biodiversity around the world, but there may be important opportunities as well. For your case, what do you see as the best opportunities for conservation, and what forms of knowledge and/or action would be prioritized?

Below is a table linking to the portion of their interview that addresses each of these questions.

Australia Introduction Question 1 Question 2 Question 3
East Africa Introduction Question 1 Question 2 Question 3
Educador Introduction Question 1 Question 2 Question 3
New Zealand Introduction Question 1 Question 2 Question 3
Thailand Introduction Question 1 Question 2 Question 3