Peace Parks and jaguar trails: Transboundary conservation in a globalizing world

Brian Hastings King, Sharon Wilcox

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Abstract

An increasingly utilized strategy for expanding conservation in the developing world has been the promotion of protected areas that supersede national borders. Alternatively known as transfrontier biosphere reserves, transfrontier or transboundary conservation areas, or Peace Parks, these protected areas are aggressively advanced by conservation agencies for their purported ecological and economic benefits. This article provides a comparative assessment of two case studies to understand the various impacts of transboundary conservation. The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, which unites protected areas in South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, is contrasted with efforts to protect jaguars along the United States-Mexico border. We argue that while these cases are promising for the purposes of biodiversity protection, they demonstrate that transboundary conservation can minimize political context, contributes to the hegemony of international conservation agendas, and remains closely linked to economic neoliberalism and decentralization in the developing world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-231
Number of pages11
JournalGeoJournal
Volume71
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2008

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In: GeoJournal, Vol. 71, No. 4, 01.04.2008, p. 221-231.

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