Friday, August 24, 2007

IUCN Peace Parks book explores how protected areas can resolve conflict

Just in from the IUCN:

A book which examines how environmental conservation can be used to contribute to peace-building in conflict zones has just been published.

Peace Parks, with a foreword by the World Conservation Union’s Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre, explores how the parks can help resolve political and territorial disputes.

The book, edited by Saleem Ali, who is a member of IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas, describes real-life examples such as the Selous-Niassa Wildlife Corridor in Africa and the Emerald Triangle conservation zone in Indochina. It also looks to the future and investigates the peace-building potential of envisioned parks in security-intensive areas, such as the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea and the US-Mexican border.

In her foreword, Julia Marton-Lefèvre wrote: “The linkage between a healthy environment and peace is increasingly apparent. Many of the roots of current and future conflicts stem from competition for scarce natural resources."
Read more - and find out how to order from the IUCN. We look forward to reading it too.

Learn more about our Sustainable Peace Programme which we run in partnership with the Glencree Centre for Reconciliation as well as the Roots of Reconciliation: Humanising Enemies wilderness based course.

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