From sacred cow to cash cow: The shifting political ecologies of protected areas in Russia

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Title
From sacred cow to cash cow: The shifting political ecologies of protected areas in Russia
Journal
Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie
Author(s)
Müller M.
ISSN
2365-7693 (Online)
Publication state
Published
Issued date
01/01/2014
Volume
58
Number
1
Pages
NA
Language
english
Abstract
How have political and economic processes in Russia impacted protected areas? When first conceived in 1916, protected areas in Russia were considered as sancta of nature. In post-Soviet times, however, the fortunes of protected areas have undergone swift change: from a period of liberalisation and a conservation bonanza in the 1990s to increasing exploitation in the 2000s and commodification in the 2010s. Against the historical background of the Soviet period, this contribution traces reserves’ trajectory from sacred cows to cash cows. It concludes that the neoliberal impetus of introducing market principles into conservation is in danger of going off course in Russia: instead of making the market work for conservation, it makes conservation work for the market.
Keywords
protected areas, conservation, political ecology, neoliberalism, commodification, Russia
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Yes
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08/05/2019 21:00
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