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Issue 20.2, May 2005


Essay Excerpt -

"Southern African conservationists imagine a continental space for tourists and investors and village spaces for peasants. At the continental scale, econom- ically minded ecologists seek to heal the scars of partition and to let game and game viewers run free. They dream the African dream, and they dream of making money. Indeed, this form of planning treats future profits as certain—it is a con- juring act with respect to time. According to this line of thought, the cattle ranges of the Great Limpopo hold the potential for high-value tourism and sport hunting. These zones are optimum habitat, a desired third nature that is treated as real."

- David McDermott Hughes, "Third Nature: Making Space and Time in the Great Limpopo Conservation Area"