Bio-invasions, Biodiversity, and Biocultural Diversity: Some Problems with These Concepts for Historians


How do we balance biodiversity conservation on the one hand with, on the other, a recognition that species transfers have been part of dynamic production systems that have historically underpinned human civilisations and created incalculable value? Plant transfers, including some plants that are semi-invasive, are at the heart of many hybrid botanical and cultural landscapes, sometimes treasured, that are never going to be entirely reversed. This article looks at whether biocultural diversity be developed as a more totalising idea that is useful for historians.