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 ( http://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 ( http://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.
International Peace Park Expeditions and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Saleem Ali and International Peace Park Expeditions Executive Director Todd Walters, took 7 students on a sixteen-day "Conservation Beyond Borders: Exploring Balkans Peace Park" course through the Prokletije/Bjeshket e Namuna mountains (Accursed Mountains) in Albania, Montenegro, and Kosovo to understand the dynamics involved in community participation for the creation and management of International Peace Parks.
For more information: http://peaceparkexpeditions.org
Photo Credit @ IPPE / Megan Greeley
International Peace Park Expeditions
Transcending Boundaries is the first in a series of documentaries exploring transboundary issues in and around International Peace Parks through various stakeholder perspectives.
This episode takes us to Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park on the border of Montana, United States and Alberta, Canada where we discuss a variety of geographic, cultural, and ecological issues with people engaged in conserving this pristine area.
For our official Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and resources for conducting impact assessments, please visit the following link: http://peaceparkexpeditions.org/public/ippe_pcia_wgipp_11ed01.pdf
For more information, visit us:
Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security - http://uvm.edu/ieds
International Peace Park Expeditions - http://peaceparkexpeditions.org
The Collaborative - http://thecollaborative.net
Through this sixteen-day accredited academic Expedition, you will create an opportunity to participate in a unique learning environment encompasing a cross-cultural experience, an direct introduction to your professional field, and an overview of the dynamics involved in community participation throughout stages of creating and managing an International Peace Park.
Course Instructors include: Saleem Ali, an expert in environmental conflict resolution and how ecological factors can promote peace. He is a Professor at University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Founder and Director of the Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security. Todd Walters, an expert in environmental peacebuilding and experiential learning; and the Founder and Executive Director of International Peace Park Expeditions.
You will be academically challenged through readings, journal entries, and a group project centered around this innovative experiential learning curriculum. Additionally, students will participate in meaningful cross-cultural interactions while cross-border trekking in the Balkans' remote alpine landscapes.
You will take part in lectures and discussions with guest lecturers ranging from experts, practitioners and professionals within fields of your interest - addressing issues of sustainable forestry management, biodiversity surveys, eco-tourism plans, development and infrastructure planning, environmental conservation, water resource management, peacebuilding initiatives, and cross-border projects.
At the culmination of the course, you will have established a strong understanding of the multi-disciplinary issues converging around International Peace Parks, and a working recognition of the interplay between local communities, broader culture, international development, environmental conservation and peacebuilding initiatives. Within this context, you will have an opportunity to build a professional network before graduation, making connections in government agencies, international development agencies, as well as international, national, and local NGO’s working on the ground.