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The Rich, the Powerful and the Endangered: Conservation Elites, Networks and the Dominican Republic

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Abstract:

Abstract: 

This paper explores conservation as an elite process in the Dominican Republic. It begins by showing how conservation at a global level is an elite process, driven by a small powerful elite. Looking at the Dominican Republic, it demonstrates how the extraordinary levels of protection have been achieved by a small network of well connected individuals, who have been able to shape conservation as they like, while limiting the involvement by the large international conservation NGOs who are considered so dominant throughout Latin America. Despite this, conservation both globally and in the Dominican Republic is shown to share similar political structures and the same lack of critique of capitalism or its environmental impacts.

Keywords: Dominican Republic; Latin America; conservation; elite; globalisation; protected areas

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8330.2010.00766.x

Affiliations: Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds, UK;, Email: g.holmes@leeds.ac.uk

Publication date: 2010-06-01

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