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From Apartheid to Peace Parks: Our epic expedition will explore South Africa’s transition from a global pariah with one of the world’s worst reputations under Apartheid to one of the world’s global leaders in the development of transboundary conservation and environmental peacebuilding.
We will explore the International Peace Parks that South Africa has created with each of their 6 neighboring countries - Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho. Including: Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transboundary Park; Kgalagadi Transboundary Park; Great Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area; Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park; Lubombo Transfrontier Conservation Area, and the Maloti Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation Area.
Todd Walters is the Founder and Executive Director of International Peace Park Expeditions ( peaceparkexpeditions.org ), which applies experiential learning within international peace parks to foster an interdisciplinary approach to leadership and collaboration, build a network dedicated to the advancement of peace parks, and support community participation in local development.
Cory Wilson is the Founder and Director of Collaboration at The Collaborative ( thecollaborative.net ), a social venture dedicated to producing media for nonprofit organizations and social entrepreneurs, while simultaneously fostering the next generation of creative leaders focused on social change.
Todd and Cory have been collaborating for over four years on several projects in nine different countries, and have developed the ability on expedition to combine Todd’s subject matter expertise with Cory’s technical film-making and photography skills to make accessible the stories which explain the complexities of transboundary environmental peacebuilding.
Our expedition will shine an international spotlight on this region, and on the concepts of International Peace Parks, environmental peacebuilding, and transboundary conservation; making them real and accessible to a broad audience by sharing practical examples.
Todd will publish an article for Outside Magazine, and keep a blog of the expedition online, and update International Peace Park Expeditions facebook page and twitter account, using a SPOT Satellite Communicator for people to follow our progress in real time.
Cory will photo-document the entire expedition, posting updates from the field and compiling a photo essay for a travelling exhibition, and to accompany Todd’s written updates. The images will be made available for use by others in the conservation and peacebuilding fields with proper citation
Upon their return they will work together to create a google earth flyby of the expedition route, with geotagged blog entry’s and photographs.
It is our hope that this expedition will promote peace and transboundary conservation by sharing with the world the evolution of South Africa and it’s story of environmental peacebuilding. It will be an amazing adventure through 7 countries, and countless ecosystems to tell a story that needs to be told.