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Course, Conservation Beyond Borders: field experience in the Balkans prospects of "peace parks"

Course Title: Conservation Beyond Borders: A field experience in the Balkans exploring prospects of "peace parks" Dates: Monday, August 2 - Saturday, August 21, 2010
Credits: ENVS 295 - 3 credits
Instructor: Saleem Ali and Todd Walters

Students in this three-week course will have a unique learning opportunity, including: a cross-cultural experience, an introduction to their fields, and an overview of the dynamics involved in creating and managing an International Peace Park.

Students will be challenged with academic rigor through readings, journal entries, and a group project designed within an innovative experiential learning curriculum. Additionally, students will participate in meaningful cross-cultural interactions while cross-border trekking in remote alpine mountain landscapes.

Students will hear guest lectures from experts, practitioners and professionals within diverse fields - addressing issues of sustainable forestry management, biodiversity surveys, eco-tourism plans, development and infrastructure planning, environmental conservation, water resource management, peace building initiatives, and cross-border projects.

At the culmination of the course, students will have a strong understanding of the multi-disciplinary issues that converge in International Peace Parks and a working recognition of the interplay between local communities, broader culture, international development, environmental conservation and peace building initiatives. Students 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 in related fields.

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