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Although the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to a Kenyan environmentalist, few have considered whether environmental conservation can contribute to peace-building in conflict zones.
Peace Parks explores this question, examining the ways in which environmental cooperation in multijurisdictional conservation areas may help resolve political and territorial conflicts. Its analyses and case studies of transboundary peace parks focus on how the sharing of physical space and management responsibilities can build and sustain peace among countries. The book examines the roles played by governments, the military, civil society, scientists, and conservationists, and their effects on both the ecological management and the potential for peace-building in these areas.
Following a historical and theoretical overview that explores economic, political, and social theories that support the concept of peace parks, and discussion of bioregional management for science and economic development, the book presents case studies of existing parks and proposals for future parks. After describing such real-life examples as the Selous-Niassa Wildlife Corridor in Africa and the Emerald Triangle conservation zone in Indochina, the book looks to the future, exploring the peace-building potential of envisioned parks in security-intensive spots including the U.S.-Mexican border, the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, and the Mesopotamian marshlands between Iraq and Iran. With contributors from a variety of disciplines and diverse geographic regions, Peace Parks is not only a groundbreaking book in International Relations but a valuable resource for policy makers and environmentalists.
It is a great relief to see the publication of Peace Parks. This is a full and definitive work on the subject by multiple experts. As hoped, it demonstrates a powerful instrument for achieving peace, one constructed at the intersection of science, environment, and international relations. --Edward O. Wilson, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University "I am excited to see this book on peace parks. By providing useful case studies as well as measured analytical thought, it is a milestone in the literature on this topic. It presents peace parks not necessarily as a panacea, but as an important contribution toward more sustainable conservation as well as for international relations--while at the same time pointing out some of the potential obstacles to achieving these goals. I applaud the authors for taking on such an important and relevant topic in conservation today and look forward to seeing how action on the ground will be supported through this approach." --Achim Steiner, United Nations Under Secretary General and Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme "Environmental concerns and conflicts along borders are a worldwide problem creating a need for cooperation between countries. The establishment of transboundary protected areas or peace parks is one solution. This timely and important volume discusses all aspects of the connection between conservation, peace, and regional cooperation. It is a seminal source of information for anyone, individual or government, concerned with these fundamental issues." --George B. Schaller, Wildlife Conservation Society
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Saleem H. Ali is Associate Professor of Environmental Planning at the Rubenstein School of Natural Resources at the University of Vermont and holds adjunct faculty appointments at Brown University and the United Nations mandated University for Peace. He is the author of Mining: The Environment and Indigenous Development Conflicts.