Slide 28: New trends II
A further new trend is the formation of what are termed Trans-frontier Conservation Areas, or what are sometimes referred to as Peace Parks. These are large conservation areas across countries, often linking and joining existing conservation areas. Unlike conservation in the past, these Trans-frontier Conservation Areas have a very strong link to rural development, with a strong focus on uplifting the local communities. These conservation areas are based on strong political backing, and in many cases rely heavily on international funding, such as GEF funding as mentioned previously, or funding and support from individual donor countries.