Rent-seeking neo-colonialism and conservation
The American environmental historian Roderick Nash speaks of ‘wilderness’ as driving an economy made up of importers and exporters of a wilderness experience.
On the one hand you have wealthy tourists seeking to fill the emotional hole in their lives: their perceived lack of ‘wilderness’. They are the importers. On the other, you have the countries, mainly in Africa, which have this wilderness and which are prepared to sell the experience to foreigners. They are the exporters.