How a conflict zone became a Forest of Peace

UNESCO is pleased to make the audio and text of this interview available copy-right free for the celebration of World Radio Day 2019. Radio stations are especially encouraged to broadcast the interview, either in its totality or by exacting the answers and announcing the questions themselves.

UNESCO has the pleasure of sharing the history of a place on the border between Ecuador and Peru, which after centuries under the tension of a territorial dispute and even armed conflicts, inaugurated a new phase with the creation of the first Transboundary Biosphere Reserve in South America.

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This podcast of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme addresses the power of dialogue and tolerance in one of UNESCO's Biosphere Reserves. The border between Ecuador and Peru, which was drowned in territorial disputes and, in fact, witnessed armed conflicts in 1941, 1981 and 1995, became the first Transboundary Reserve in South America, with the emblematic name ‘Bosques de Paz’.

To tell this story, we interviewed Carla Granados, a historian specialized in internal and external conflicts in Peru and the region, a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Higher Studies in Latin America at the Paris 3 University (France), and Vicente Solórzano who, born and raised In this area, has witnessed the processes through which the region has passed and today coordinates the Transboundary Reserve.


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