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Stephan Hochleithner - A Question of Access: Nature Conservation, Displacement, and Social Transformation at the Virunga National Park, DRC

Event Type
Other
Sponsor
Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy (SDEP); Center for African Studies
Location
2049 Natural History Building
Date
Apr 20, 2018   3:00 - 4:30 pm  
Contact
Karan Misquitta
E-Mail
karanjm2@illinois.edu
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The Virunga National Park (VNP), located in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is advertised as key to bringing peace to the region, with the park’s management and donors argue that the VNP brings about economic development and stability, and counters climate change. Drawing on qualitative fieldwork in the region, this talk examines the role of the VNP in local migration patterns with special regard to the many internally displaced persons. It argues that the VNP contributes to increased social and environmental differentiation and contributes to local conflict dynamics by restricting local communities' access to resources.

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