Author Interview Availability: Kent Redford, Editor of State of the Wild: A Global Portrait

From Afghanistan to Congo, the challenge of saving wildlife when bullets fly

NEW YORK (MARCH 29, 2010)
–  “In times of human crisis, it is easy to lose touch with the indispensible role nature plays in the continuing survival of humankind,” says Kent Redford, editor of the 2010-1011 edition of State of the Wild, which contains a special section on wildlife conservation in a time of war.  

From Afghanistan – which last year announced its first-ever national park – to Southern Sudan, home to one of the greatest mammal migrations remaining on the planet, saving wildlife in war zones is emerging as a new frontier in conservation.

Redford, the director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Institute, says that conservation in some circumstances can help ameliorate the effects of conflict, and cites the example of Band-e-Amir National Park in Afghanistan.

“But healing is possible, and the creation of Band-e-Amir National Park is a manifestation of the power of conservation and the power of hope,” says Redford in the book’s introduction.

The 244-page book – the third is a series – features five essays on wildlife conservation in a time of war, along with sections on other emerging conservation issues, new wildlife discoveries, and much more.

Redford is the director of the WCS Institute and vice president for conservation strategy. He previously worked at The Nature Conservancy and University of Florida.  His areas of interest include biodiversity conservation, sustainable use, the policies of conservation, and the mammals of South America.

Media Notes: Other WCS contributors to State of the Wild are available, including Simon Hedges on the future of forest elephants, Claudio Campagna on inspiring ocean conservation, and Megan Parker on using dogs for conservation.  Copies of State of the Wild are available on request.

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