Anthropology, Department of



Catherine Pool

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Published in Nebraska Anthropologist Vol. 21 (2006). Copyright © Catherine Pool; published by The University of Nebraska-Lincoln AnthroGroup.


Transboundary Protected areas (TBP As) and peace parks are possible solutions to conflict and environmental problems that can occur along the borders separating countries. Though there are many possible benefits to the parks creation, they can cause problems for those that live along the borders. A series of case studies are examined to determine what factors can help or hinder the success of the parks. Without communication at all levels, from government to locals, the parks are unsuccessful. If the people at the border are not part of the decisions made regarding the parks they are much more likely to fail. If created and maintained in a correct manner, it is possible they can solve problems successfully.

I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself. I dream of the realization of the unity of Africa, whereby its leaders combine in their efforts to solve the problems of this continent. I dream of our vast deserts, of our forests, of all our great wildernesses. We must never forget that it is our duty to protect this environment. Transfrontier parks are a way we can do just that (Nelson Mandela quoted in Godwin 2001).

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