Peace Parks: Conservation and Conflict Resolution


Integrating science, environmentalism, and international relations, PEACE PARKS: Conservation and Conflict Resolution considers how environmental conservation can contribute to peace-building in areas of conflict. Dr. Saleem Ali, who curated, edited, and contributed to the volume, weaves together a series of essays from a group of experts living and working around the globe. Together, these extraordinary thinkers lay the historical and theoretical foundation for transboundary conservation, explore case studies of existing parks from thw Selous-Niassa Wildlife Corridor in Africa to the Emerald Triangle in Indochina, and present proposals for future parks from the U.S.-Mexican border to the demilitarized area between North and South Korea. Focusing on the ways in which responsibly caring for the same physical space can help to resolve political and territorial conflicts, this investigation into the under-examined phenomenon of Peace Parks unravels the stories of strife in each conflict zone from a vital and inclusive angle.

Watch a video of “Peace Parks: Conservation and Conflict Resolution” event at the Wilson Center.

Listen to Saleem Ali discuss Peace Parks on Living On The Earth.


North American publisher: MIT Press

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