Conservationist to Speak October 2

Professor Bram Büscher

A growing concern about the protection of biodiversity on the planet has led to the creation of international peace parks, which are transnational conservation areas, established and managed by two or more countries. These parks have become a popular way of protecting biodiversity while promoting international cooperation and regional development.

Bram Büscher, the associate professor of environment and sustainable development at Erasmus University’s Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands and a visiting professor at South Africa’s University of Johannesburg, will speak about the peace parks and the politics of neoliberal conservation in southern Africa Wednesday, October 2 at 7 pm in Gamble Auditorium in Mount Holyoke’s Art Building.

In his book, Transforming the Frontier, Büscher shows how cross-border conservation neatly reflects the neoliberal political economy in which it developed. His research work includes cross-border conservation efforts in southern Africa, conservation and development interventions in that area, the political economy of nature and environmentalism, ecotourism, and the politics of energy.

This event is free and open to the public. It is cosponsored by the Odyssey Bookshop, Mount Holyoke’s Departments of Environmental Studies and International Relations, and the Five College African Studies program.For more information, contact Ruby Maddox at 413-538-3091.

~ Umema Aimen ’14