Daskin and Pringle found that 71 percent of Africa’s protected areas experienced one or more conflicts from 1946 to 2010. Wars occurred in a quarter of these areas for an average of nine or more years. Figure A: The map shows protected areas in Africa and the number of conflict years each endured, with blue indicating no conflict and red signifying up to 35 years of conflict. Figure B: The table lists each African nation with protected lands. The vertical lines in the colored boxes indicate the average number of conflict years for each nation’s protected areas, and the numbers to the right show the total number of protected areas in that country.
Image by Joshua Daskin, Yale University