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  • Subject: [cg] Fwd: session on "Evaluating Parks" at 2004 AAG Annual Meeting]
  • From: Amanda Maria Edmonds aedmonds@umich.edu
  • Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2003 17:39:54 -0400


The 100th Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting

14-19 Mar 2004

Philadelphia, PA

Special Session: Are parks working? Exploring tradeoffs in protected area conservation

The effectiveness of parks as management regimes is much in debate. Much of the current discussion about the merits of participatory vs. exclusionist management regimes can be traced to the dearth of comprehensive, quantitative evaluations. The handful of recent comparative studies that have evaluated the effectiveness of parks in tropical regions, suggest that the creation of protected areas has had mixed outcomes. While exclusionary approaches can be successful in some instances at protecting forest cover, they do not account for the social ramifications of prohibiting local inhabitants from access to forest resources.

In order to address this complex issue, a careful synthesis of empirical case studies that incorporates additional data collection methods in an interdisciplinary, integrated fashion is needed. The integration of remote sensing and spatial analysis techniques into existing field and research based studies can prove particularly effective for this purpose. When supplemented by detailed fieldwork, analysis of remotely sensed data can be crucial in enabling geographers to analyze and interpret social activities and incentives that relate to land cover change. 

This special session will bring together a broad array of research on the human dimensions of land cover change in protected areas, with empirical analyses from many different ecological, social and institutional contexts. In-depth case studies of the linkage between land cover pattern and human process in protected areas will be brought together in this session to understand how the interaction between social and biophysical driving forces vary over time and space in different regions of the world.

If you are interested in participating, please contactHariniNagendra. Participants should register online for the conference, and send me their Presenter Identification Number (PIN), paper title and abstract no later than September 15th, 2003. The final deadline for submission is October 9th. 


HariniNagendra, Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change (CIPEC), IndianaUniversity, 408 N. Indiana Avenue, Bloomington, IN47408. 

Telephone: (812) 855-2230; Fax: (812) 855-2634; Email: nagendra@indiana.edu

Darla K. Munroe, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd, 450 McEniry Charlotte, NC 28223. 

Telephone: (704) 547-3451; Fax: (704) 687-3182; Email: dkmunroe@email.uncc.edu

Jane Southworth, Department of Geography & Land Use and Environmental Change Institute (LUECI), University of Florida, PO Box 117315, 3141 Turlington Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611. 

Telephone:(352) 392-0494; Fax: (352) 392-8855. Email: jsouthwo@geog.ufl.edu

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