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Design for Conservation

Environmental Futures Initiative: The South America Project


The South America Project

Collaboration: Ashley Scott Kelly; Mathew Pryor; Adam Bobbette; The South America Project

The Initiative for Integration of Regional Infrastructure, or IIRSA, is a continental multilateral mechanism financing connectivity through some of the most remote areas of Latin America. "Myths" of conservation, such as population and poverty driving deforestation or biodiversity as objective science, frequently couple global-regional models with the local specifics of place. Design here, through its physical and social agency, involves constructing partial perspectives that bridge global conservation (e.g., man-and-the-biosphere reserves) with paradoxes of the highly physical territories of conservation movements and remote agricultural frontiers. Entrenched in the methods and instruments of conservation and sustainability science, this project problematizes our stewardship of nature through tools of conservation across multiple disciplines and discourses.

Global threatened biodiversity areas categorized by the IUCN, CI and WWF.
Global threatened biodiversity areas categorized by the IUCN, CI and WWF.
photo Guo Feng.
photo Guo Feng.
photo He Haiyi.
photo He Haiyi.
China-Peru timber trade.
China-Peru timber trade.
photo Huang Hao.
photo Huang Hao.
photo Xia Lewei.
photo Xia Lewei.
Global forest carbon projects by project area.
Global forest carbon projects by project area.
photo Zhang Yucong.
photo Zhang Yucong.