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Transboundary Conservation and Peacebuilding (Film screening and panel discussion) 

Thursday, November 14 •  6:00 PM – 7:30 PM 

Location: Walter Rotunda 

 This film is in the Transcending Boundaries film series produced by International Peace Park Expeditions (peaceparkexpeditions.org), the Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security (uvm.edu/ieds ), and The Collaborative (thecollaborative.net) premiered this episode at The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital (dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org) in March of 2013.

Speakers will include:

  • Todd Walters, Executive Director, International Peace Park Expeditions
  • Geoff Dabelko, Professor and Director of Environmental Studies, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs
  • Godfrey Ogallo, Environmental Studies Program

 

Film to be screened:

Transcending Boundaries: Perspectives from the Central Albertine Rift Transfrontier Protected Area Network


Perspectives from The Central Albertine Rift Transfrontier Protected Area Network focuses on Eastern Africa, and the tri-border region between Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Northern Riwanda, and Western Uganda.

The film explores transboundary conservation efforts through geographic, socio-political and ecological lenses. We hear from a diverse range of stakeholders, each of whom play a critical role conserving this biodiversity hotspot despite conflict and instability; while dealing with challenges from poaching, lack of sustainable livelihoods and the activities of armed groups. 

The film is based on the research and network of colleagues and stakeholders of Elaine Hsiao, a Fulbright Fellow, who was researching transboundary collaboration in Uganda at the time. This documentary shares an often untold story in a region filled with countless challenges. We learn how informal cross-border collaboration between individuals and Park Rangers lead to the creation of an organization (Central Albertine Rift Transfrontier Protected Area Network) and then an institution (The Core Secretariat) and finally evolved into the ongoing efforts to raise this collaboration to the highest level through the signing of a formal treaty by the Heads of State of all three countries. Turning to the future, the film ask "what will happen to the parks and conservation in the region now that oil has been discovered?"

This film is in the Transcending Boundaries film series produced by International Peace Park Expeditions, the Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security, and The Collaborative premiered this episode at The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital in March of 2013.


 

Sponsor: Voinovich School 

Contact: Geoff Dabelko, dabelkog@ohio.edu