Wilderness Diplomacy: Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan

Ian Shive is proud to continue pushing the ever-expanding role that nature photography can play by using his recent top-selling book, The National Parks: Our American Landscape to open dialogue in foreign lands. Most recently, Ian’s book was presented to students and people in the embattled town and country of Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan. As is often the case, most people there do not think of our country as a haven of stunning wilderness. A self-labeled Wilderness Diplomat, a term Ian coined, he hopes that his book will continue to plant the seeds of conservation in developing nations, but also show a side of the United States that is often overlooked and unknown and, perhaps, open new dialogues with these people by showing that we are not always about development, but also about preserving the heritage and land that is is most meaningful to us. Ian had previously shared his work as a Wilderness Diplomat in the United Arab Emirates.

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