Ashley Scott Kelly

Cascade Inundation Areas, TPR

2013 marks the 30 year anniversary of the first established nature preserve in the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Area (TPR). The UNESCO site proper is constituted of 15 core areas, which connected by buffers, amount to eight contiguous "sub-units" over an area of 180 x 310 kilometers. However large, it also borders the minimum area requirements of many of its species' populations to survive. This fragmentation is not isolated to the TPR area, but characteristic of China as a whole, both physically and administratively. This project's primary agenda is to use the formative nature of this highly fragmented territory, literally its profoundly malleable boundaries and their contested revisions, over the past 30 years to understand the power struggles in rural development, tourism, conservation and resource extraction of China's West. It will also serve to contextualize the establishment of China's unique environmental conservation movement since its genesis in the 1980s.

Three Parallel River of Yunnan PA, with proposed dam cascade inundation areas.
Three Parallel River of Yunnan PA, with proposed dam cascade inundation areas.

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