International delegation featured at environmental studies and ecotourism session

M.C. Tilton |

“Creating National Parks in a Biodiversity Hotspot” will be the focus of a public session featuring an international delegation of national park directors and non-governmental organization experts from Kosovo and Montenegro on the third  floor of Alden Library from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13.

The delegation members will share their experiences with developing transboundary ecotourism, fighting illegal logging, protecting traditional livelihoods, fostering sustainability in economically challenged areas, and much more. The event is free and open to the public.

The 12-person delegation is visiting Ohio University during a two-week U.S. study tour as part of an ongoing partnership with the OHIO Environmental Studies program as part of the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, the Office of Global Opportunities and its partner, International Peace Park Expeditions (IPPE). OHIO and IPPE offer a three-week study abroad program on Environmental Peacebuilding and Sustainability in the Balkans, where students take hands-on learning courses in environmental studies.

While in Southeast Ohio, the delegation will also visit Crane Hollow, Old Man’s Cave, the Nelsonville Bypass Project, and receive a faculty briefing and tour of the Ohio University campus.

For more info about this public event or the 2016 Balkans study abroad program, contact Environmental Studies Director Geoff Dabelko at dabelkog@ohio.edu or Danny Twilley at twilley@ohio.edu .

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