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The Great Patagonia Land Grab
A Case Study in International Biodiversity, Conservation, and Environmental Politics
Courtney E. Quinn
John E. Quinn
This PowerPoint case (~2.4 MB) was developed for an undergraduate, non-majors course in conservation biology. It explores the controversy surrounding land purchases in the Patagonia region of Chile and Argentina. According to local indigenous peoples, wealthy individuals are purchasing their ancestral land and then forcing them to leave. Individual landowners and international environmental groups wish to preserve the pristine ecosystems that remain in Patagonia. This case serves as an introduction to stakeholder controversy, the international dimensions of environmental policy, public versus private ownership for environmental protection, and conflict resolution.
|Keywords:||Environmental policy; environmental decision-making; water rights; land use; indigenous peoples; environmental conservation; biodiversity; threatened species; endangered species; Patagonia; Chile; Argentina; South America|
|Topical Area:||Policy issues, Social issues, Social justice issues|
|Educational Level:||Undergraduate lower division|
|Subject Headings:||Natural Resource Management Environmental Science Ecology|
|Copyright:||Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.|
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