Equality of knowledge and recognition for the experience of the natural world in the lives of indigenous peoples and local communities can boost nature conservation, human dignity and wellbeing. Former FNP MSc student Bram Steenhuisen just can’t let go of multiple ontologies and their role in forest conservation in Myanmar!
by Bram Steenhuisen
Your thesis is your WUR business card. So after handing in my thesis on ‘Karen perceptions of the forest and its potential for future conservation’ in May 2020, I sent it out to a number of people I vaguely knew in nature conservation organisations, alongside an offer to present a free brown bag lunch on it for their team on Zoom. RECOFTC, a well-respected community forestry NGO in Asia, responded positively. After my presentation, they invited me to write a related opinion piece for their website. Which turned into the article you are about to read. Good luck with your thesis, and useit to open doors to the future!
Bart returned to Myanmar after his thesis.