Addressing Biodiversity Loss through Intersectionality

In an effort to combat rising inequalities and biodiversity loss, our research project PLANET4B has introduced a new approach. By employing the concept of intersectionality, the project aims to shed light on potential mechanisms of oppression at the intersections of race, gender, disability, sexuality, class, age, and other social categories.

The report highlights the crucial role played by intersectionality in understanding the complex dynamics between social categories and their impact on biodiversity. Through a co-creation process involving workshops, the PLANET4B consortium has developed a comprehensive methodological framework. This framework comprises three essential elements: utilizing intersectionality as a starting point for researchers’ reflexivity, considering intersectionality and positions of privilege when engaging with actors, and conducting case studies with an intersectional lens.

By embracing intersectionality, researchers can challenge traditional notions of objectivity and distance in their work, paving the way for more inclusive and equitable biodiversity policies. The intersectional framework developed by PLANET4B not only guides our own research projects but also holds significant potential for other initiatives focused on environmental and social justice.

Moving forward, the report emphasizes the importance of incorporating intersectionality as both a reflexive and practical approach in future biodiversity research. This entails reflecting on privileges and experiences, fostering trust with participants, and leveraging diverse knowledge sources. The ultimate goal is to achieve multispecies justice—a transformative and innovative approach to conserving biodiversity while promoting social justice.

The report provides valuable insights and serves as a roadmap for researchers, policymakers, and practitioners seeking to address biodiversity loss from an intersectional perspective.

To access the full report, “Methodological framework for intersectionality analysis” click here.

For a concise overview of the research findings, explore the research brief available here.