Protected Areas: Human right perspectives on environmental degradation and the rights of indigenous people

Tuesday 27 April 2021, 13:30 to 16:30

On the 27th of April between 1:30-4.30pm, the Brussels School of Governance (BSoG) will be holding a conference debating one of the world’s most contentious approaches to tackling the negative environmental impacts of climate change: protected areas. In addition to their ambiguous effectiveness, the establishment of protected areas adversely affects the rights of indigenous peoples and destroys their sustainable means of livelihood. Several experts will be delving into this complex topic and provide insights into this current phenomenon.

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13:30 - 13:40 : Welcome and introduction by Christoph Lhotka
13:40 - 13:45 : Introduction by Capstone client Prof. Joshua Castellino, Executive Director of Minority Rights Group International
13:45 - 13:55 : Presentation of the Capstone report by the students
13:55 - 15:15 : Panel 1: Setting the Scene, followed by a Q&A with:

  • Stan Stevens, Senior Lecturer, University of Massachusetts 
  • Alexander Pfaff, Professor, Duke University
  • Nora Sylvander, Fellow in Environment at the London School of Economics

15:15 - 15:20 : Break

15:20 - 16:30 : Panel 2: Case Studies, followed by a Q&A with:

  • David S. Wilkie, Executive Director, Conservation Measures for the Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Paulo Moutinho, Senior Scientist, Amazon Environmental Research Institute
  • C.R. Bijoy, Independent Researcher


The conference will be moderated by Liliana Lizarazo Rodriquez, Research Professor, Brussels School of Governance.


This Capstone conference is part of our Bachelor in International Affairs as well as our Bachelor in International and European Law.