Cobb Discusses Guatemalan Conservation Project

Posted: February 28, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Sara Cobb, director of the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR), will lead the discussion of a special conflict assessment that the institute conducted in the Mirador Basin of Guatemala last summer for the Nature Conservancy. In the talk, “Maya Biosphere Community Stakeholder Assessment: Mirador, Guatemala,” Cobb will map out research she did with a team from ICAR regarding the possible development of an eco-tourism project in a region governed by communities of indigenous people and packed with Mayan ruins. The event will be on Thursday, March 3, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Truland Building, Room 555, on the Arlington Campus.

The ICAR team’s job was to see how stakeholders—including residents, businesses, and developers—feel about the Nature Conservancy project, which will include a hotel for eco-tourists. The discussion will also include Mark Goodale, professor of conflict analysis and anthropology at ICAR; Osvaldo Kriemer, consultant to the Organization of American States and World Bank; and Daniel Stillwagon, master’s degree student, ICAR, who were involved in the project.

The Nature Conservancy and local partner organizations are working together to protect Guatemala’s natural and cultural heritage, including the Sierra Madre volcanoes and the extensive Maya Forest surrounding the ancient Mayan city of Tikal. The six million acres of forest are part of a tropical lowland shared by Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala, and form the heart of the Yucatán Peninsula.

For more information on the event, contact ICAR at 703-993-1300.

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