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Looking through a window at a ramshackle dock and the sea with small outrigger fishing boats and big bamboo fishing structures scattered around
View from the ground floor of the Malampaya Sound Protected Area Office — including its very run-down dock — in 2011.

About a year ago, I had a mini-revelation about international conservation that made me feel marginally better about my seeming inability to stick to the really excellent goals I regularly set for myself.

I was once again (as many times before) growing frustrated with my tendency to craft gorgeous to-do…

The rationale behind the Conservation Realist series

Two intrepid researchers walking through a small fishing village, with thatch huts and wooden fencing, in a torrential downpour.
Accepting the soggy reality of southeastern Myanmar’s rainy season, equipping ourselves appropriately with raingear, and forging on with what we need to do. Is this a forced analogy to conservation realism? Perhaps. (photo: Wint Hte)

Welcome to the Conservation Realist publication! I am a conservation researcher who specializes in studying the interactions between conservation and communities. I’ve worked as an academic and as a conservation practitioner, and currently am a consultant for various conservation projects, including as a…

Apparently, I took very few photos while in Jakarta, and those that I did take were with a tiny smartphone. Here’s my first tempeh experiece — revelatory.

Jakarta, August 2012.

My first visit to Jakarta, completed.

It was not as bad as I’d expected, based on warnings. …

TS Whitty

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