The Biodiversity for Life (B4L) Flagship Initiative: The EU, Africa, and Biodiversity Conservation

  • Annette LaRoccoEmail author
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


This chapter offers an analysis of EU’s formal development interventions in the conservation sector. The flagship initiative, Biodiversity for Life (B4L), seeks to mainstream environment into EU development initiatives around the world. Focusing on B4L, this chapter draws attention to the potential conflicts and contradictions incumbent in these biodiversity-focused development programs on the African continent. In addition to addressing the long history of European intervention in African environments that shadow contemporary development interventions, LaRocco explores their implications in an assessment of Manners’ conception of Normative Power Europe (NPE) in Africa. The chapter concludes with a case study of Virunga National Park in the DR Congo and probes the nature of the EU’s normative framework for involvement in the national park and its operationalization on the ground.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Florida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA

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