PLACE Lecture Series


How Do the Ancient Elements Motivate Costa Ricans' Migration to National Park Edges and Why Does It Matter?

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1 hour 5 minutes 39 seconds

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Anthropology | Demography, Population, and Ecology | Environmental Studies | Natural Resources and Conservation | Place and Environment | Social and Cultural Anthropology


In this lecture, Dr. David Hoffman (associate professor of cultural anthropology at Mississippi State University) discusses why population growth in protected area buffer zones is of concern, due to its potential impact on biodiversity both within and outside the protected areas. He presents findings from his six years of anthropological work measuring and modeling Costa Rican migration to the 10-kilometer buffer zones of three Costa Rican National Parks: Carara, Arenal, and Barra Honda. These findings help explain the motivations of Costa Rican migrants and demonstrate that, while socio-economic rationales related to conservation and development are present, something more elemental is at work. Hoffman relates his findings back to localized management concerns and the global policy and practice of biodiversity conservation.


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