ENVS Faculty Jake Brenner and John Davis (ENVS '11) Publish Paper on Transboundary Conservation Issues


Contributed by Carol Hansen

Jake Brenner (Assistant Professor, ENVS) and John Davis (Environmental Studies, '11) co-authored a publication in the Journal of the Southwest entitled “Transboundary Conservation Across Scales: A World-Regional Inventory and a Local Case Study from the U.S.-Mexico Border." 

The paper used data from the World Conservation Monitoring Center to describe a boom in protected areas that cross or meet at international boundaries.  It then focused in-depth on the story of the Big Bend/Rio Bravo complex in the U.S.-Mexico border region.  Their work illustrated how the global conservation agendas sometimes do not match local realities on the ground, and made a case for personal interaction among agency staff, conservationists, and local community members as an important factor determining transboundary conservation success.