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Conservation Efforts and the Building of the Nature State: A Colombian Case

A swath of tropical forest on Colombia´s Caribbean coast, along with the felines and people who inhabit it, are manifestations of what we can call the nature state. This novel concept refers to the set of institutions, practices, and policies by which the state claims that caring for nature, and not just using it, is one of its essential responsibilities. Tayrona National Park allows us to explore the building of the Colombian state through its contested efforts of conserving nature in the 1960s and 1970s. The nature state emerged in alliance and against various state institutions, and in the process reconfigured the citizenship of various constituencies.

Speaker: Claudia Leal, Universidad de los Andes, Bogota

Friday, 01/12/18


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