Date of Award

Summer 8-11-2020

Semester of Degree

August

Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Environmental Studies

Department

Environmental Studies

Major Professor

Paul Hirsch

Steering Committee Member

Valerie Luzadis

Steering Committee Member

A. Peter Castro

Abstract

Globally, biodiversity hotspots have served as the backdrop for a significant number of violent conflicts. The relationship between biodiversity and conflict is complex and varies a great deal across regions. Past inquiry has explored the impacts of conflict on the environment and the role of the environment in fueling violence; more recently, resources and ecosystems have become central to peacebuilding efforts. Not all conservationists can be peacebuilders or become experts on the relationship between conflict and conservation, nor should all conservation projects become environmental peacebuilding projects. However, international agencies intervening in regions where the effects of violence persist do need to be cognizant of the ways in which conflict can interact with conservation efforts. Through literature review and analysis of conservation practices of international aid organizations in Colombia, this thesis aims to inform broader discussions about how conservation projects are implemented in conflict and post- conflict regions.

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