The Future of Cabeza Prieta and Significance for Global Conservation
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This chapter explores what lessons can be learned from the story of Cabeza Prieta and applied globally to better understand the social and political process of environmental conservation in borderlands. We can understand conservation as a web of relations among a variety of different actors and stakeholders. In border conservation, actors at times may share symbiotic aspirations for border control. However, sometimes there are conflicts or competing agendas. This can be seen at Cabeza Prieta in the increasing impact of off-road vehicle travel on fragile desert wilderness lands. The chapter ends with a discussion on alternative approaches to border conservation, especially transboundary conservation and international peace parks.
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