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Rainforests: 11 things to watch in 2021

2020 was a difficult year for tropical rainforest conservation efforts. Some key considerations in 2021 include: the post COVID recovery; the transition of power in the U.S.; deforestation in Indonesia; deforestation in Brazil; the effects of the La Niña climate pattern; ongoing destabilisation of tropical forests; government to government carbon deals; data that will allow better assessment of the impact of COVID on tropical forests; companies incorporating forest-risk into decision-making; ongoing violence against environmental defenders; and whether international policy meetings can get back on track.

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Do cultural capital and social capital matter for economic performance?

This paper proposes an empirical investigation of the impact of social relations, referred to as structural social capital, and cultural values, referred to as intangible cultural capital, on tribal agricultural production in New Caledonia. By using micro-data from an original survey on tribal communities, we construct a simultaneous equations model to explore the mechanisms by which cultural values and social relations interact with agricultural performance. 


2020 Annual Report.

Workshop 2019

Held after the deadline for last year’s report, the network’s inaugural workshop took place in Cologne, Germany, on December 12th and 13th, 2019, co-organised by the EnviroAnt convenors and Michaela Haug (University of Cologne, Germany). A motivated group of 60 registered participants (including 29 presenters) came together to discuss the theme “Perspectives and stories in a world of facts and figures? Exploring the potential of anthropology in tackling environmental issues.” Comprising three keynotes and twenty-five Pecha Kucha presentations, the workshop provided opportunities for the members of the new network to get to know each other’s work, develop the purposes and strategies of the network, and plan possible collaborations. Presentations and discussions were grouped by three questions: 1) What can we contribute?, 2) How can we make ourselves heard/present? And 3) What are our future activities, inspirations and strategies? The programme is available and a summary workshop report can be downloaded at

EASA conference and business meeting 2020

In late 2019, the network had chosen the panel to be put forward as guaranteed EnviroAnt contribution to the biennial EASA conference in virtual Lisbon. Among four proposed panels that had been gathered through a call via the network’s email list, the panel “Privileged Fear: Europe and the concern for environmental catastrophes” was selected by voting on a google form. Another panel convened by network members, “Wet horizons: Hydrosocial re-articulations in the Anthropocene” was subsequently also selected by the conference’s Scientific Committee. When browsing the conference programme, we noticed that there were several other environment-related panels that we had not heard about before. Environmental issues are thus discussed even beyond the network.

The business meeting at the conference, which was the network’s first, included a report on previous activities; a presentation, discussion and favourable vote on the “statute” document that summarizes the network’s focus and mission; plans for the coming year; and the election of convenors (see separate minutes).

New convenors

Until the 2020 business meeting, the network had been convened by the founding conveners Aet Annist (University of Tartu, Estonia) and Franz Krause (University of Cologne, Germany). During the business meeting elections, these two were confirmed and three new candidates were voted into the convening team: Katrine A. Callander (University of Kent, UK), Alexandra Coțofană (Zayed University, UAE) and Arvid van Dam ( University of Leeds, UK).

Working groups

After the inaugural workshop, the network formed working groups to concentrate on selected tasks. With the new convenors since the business meeting, these working groups have been restructured and currently comprise the following:

Media and Messaging

The media networking group commenced its work after the inaugural Cologne workshop in December 2019. The group consists of Aet Annist, Dan Podjed, Arvid van Dam, Elvira Wepfer and Katrine Callander. At the first meeting in February 2020, we continued the discussions from the event on the exciting research taking place within the network and the potential benefits of reaching out on these topics across disciplines and beyond academia.

With this in mind, we discussed a structure of aims/goals and practical steps for the media group in supporting the main ambitions of the network:

–       Raising awareness of the network

–       Getting the message across to a wider audience through emails, threads, newsletters, outreach to established media and social media platforms

–       Raising awareness of environmental anthropology messages and relevant projects

–       Inspire audiences across disciplines of the interconnectedness of environmental anthropology

–       Showcase topics/projects that highlight this message

–       Illustrate how applicable the discipline is to a wide variety of sectors

In addition to the network’s EASA page, work has started on utilising social media platforms and building up a separate network-specific website to achieve these aims. Plans are in place for a regular online newsletter, a potential series and links to specialist media in our field. In addition to the EASA email list, a dedicated email address that could be used as point of contact for the platform registrations was set up:

The working group is also gathering information on what other networks and organisations with similar remits (environment/ecology/anthropology) and strategic interest for us exist, and to forge links with them for potential collaborations, communication and developing synergies. This includes environment-related networks within the national anthropology associations, especially from countries in Eastern and Central Europe, which so far have been underrepresented in EnviroAnt.

Media Outreach

Our Facebook page has existed since the first year of the network’s existence and has been steadily growing in terms of reach and scope. In addition, we set up the network LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram pages in May 2020. Content has been posted across the four platforms and we have seen the online communities grow to a combined audience reach of over 1100 people. We have been able to showcase research projects from the Network’s members as well as broader environmental anthropology issues from both general and specialist media. Audience engagement continues to grow.  


In September 2020, we started work on the network’s dedicated website. We registered the domain and started design work on the site using WordPress. The website is still in progress, but the core information has been included. Content includes information about the network, mission statement, links to members’ research, environmental anthropology news, courses, information on funding, publishing and visual resources. In addition, the website also features material on past and future network-specific events and panel material from the EASA 2020 conference. Links are also provided for the social media platforms, the possibility to register for the upcoming newsletter, ways to contact and bios of the convenors as well as the option to join as a member of the network. A survey has been sent out to all members to allow input on the direction of the website and the priorities of the content.

Though in the early stages, we are building a strong foundation for outreach and engagement both within academia and broader audiences. We are aware that some of the potential platforms and formats will take longer to establish. In the meantime, the social media platforms and website are providing forums for engagement across our discipline and the many strong potential avenues for cross-discipline collaborations.


Since the business meeting, this working group is convened by Jeanne Féaux de la Croix (University of Tübingen, Germany) and Alessandro Rippa (Rachel Carlson Center, Germany). The group is to develop concepts for teaching environmental anthropology to our students, for example by exchanging experiences, practices and syllabi. Its plans include a half-day, online workshop on teaching environmental anthropology in spring 2021.

Publishing and Grants

This activity is coordinated by Alexandra Cotofana and is meant to help with the specific publishing and grant needs of academics at all stages of their career, whether they are independent, practicing, or work in a research and teaching institution. EnviroAnt will seek to support research and travel for academics through grants, on the one hand, and also produce an open access series annually, highlighting new research and activism in the field of environmental anthropology.


This working group, coordinated by Arvid van Dam, is in charge of organising upcoming events. Current plans include a network workshop in Tallinn, Estonia in October 2021, a panel at the RAI’s conference on conservation at the University of East Anglia, UK, in September 2021, a contribution to the summer 2021 EASA  jubilee in Lisbon, and the Teaching workshop in March 2021.

Focus and Mission

After the inaugural workshop, a working group consisting of both network convenors and Mattias Borg Rasmussen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) elaborated a document on EnviroAnt’s focus and mission to clarify how the network works and what it is about. A draft document was circulated on the mailing list, presented and discussed at the business meeting, and endorsed by a large majority vote. It will be published on the network’s website in due course.  

Young Voices: Envisioning Sustainable Futures roundtable

Young Voices: Envisioning Sustainable Futures

Online Roundtable Discussion


Faced with the global ecological crisis and apocalyptic predictions of the future, many young people are committed to standing up for alternative ways of life. This roundtable discussion brings together four young activists from different parts of the world who are all inspired to build more just, caring and sustainable futures.

Esther Atem, from the Karamojong Development Forum in Uganda, Tehersiana Duyung from the Institut Dayakologi in Indonesia, Vivien Hoffmann from Students for Future in Germany and Nutdanai Trakansuphakon from the Pgakenyaw Association for Sustainable Development in Thailand will engage in a dialogue over their respective vision of the future, which drives them forward. We will then discuss what constitutes a “good life” and a “green future” in the respective context of the different activists. Further, we look at the challenges that need to be overcome in order to realize their visions, both locally and globally. What common goals and methods can be identified? How can we – as activists, scholars or committed citizens – collectively strive for a more sustainable way of life and support each other, although we are located in very different places and environments?

For registration please contact Michaela Haug ( or (Sabine Schielmann (

Latest evaluation shows Europe’s nature in serious, continuing decline

Unsustainable farming and forestry, urban sprawl and pollution are the top pressures to blame for a drastic decline in Europe’s biodiversity, threatening the survival of thousands of animal species and habitats.

Moreover, European Union (EU) nature directives and other environmental laws still lack implementation by Member States. Most protected habitats and species are not in good conservation status and much more must be done to reverse the situation, according to the European Environment Agency’s (EEA) ‘State of nature in the EU’ report, published today.


Top award for Indigenous alliance

Appreciation of the outsized role that Indigenous people play in helping to protect the planet’s biodiversityintact ecosystems, and global carbon stocks is growing around the world. On Wednesday, the United Nations honored 10 organizations – over half of them Indigenous – with its prestigious “Equator Prize.” The prize is awarded every two years to recognize community efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Among those honored was the Ceibo Alliance, an Indigenous Ecuadoran non-profit comprised of communities from four different Indigenous groups spread over Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia.

The prize, awarded during the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, came just days after Ceibo Alliance’s Co-Founder and prominent Waorani leader Nemonte Nenquimo was named to this year’s TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.


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