Transboundary Conservation: Citizens, Security, and Cross Border Collaboration
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This talk examines the evolution of transboundary conservation initiatives; specifically, initiatives in the Rocky Mountains of southern Alberta and northern Montana. This is the home of the world's first Peace Park, the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. This remarkable park, part of the so-called "Crown of the Continent", is now the epicenter of a far larger transboundary initiative, the Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y) conservation project. The Waterton-Glacier Park and Y2Y are examples of an ecosystem approach to managing a portion of the northern border of the US; they stand in sharp contrast to other American initiatives that seek to promote national security on its southern frontier by sealing borders, and as a result, dividing ecosystems. While the Waterton-Glacier Peace Park stood in the past as a symbol to the world of peaceful coexistence, its future utility as a conservation management model that promotes collaboration may diminish given the heightened concern for perimeter security after the 9-11 terrorist attacks on the US.