Rights, Resources and Rural Development: Community-Based Natural Resource Management in Southern Africa

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Overview

Community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) is an approach that offers multiple related benefits: securing rural livelihoods; ensuring careful conservation and management of biodiversity and other resources; and empowering communities to manage these resources sustainably. Recently, however, the CBNRM concept has attracted criticism for failing in its promise of delivering significant local improvements and conserving biodiversity in some contexts. This book identifies the flaws in its application, which often have been swept under the carpet by those involved in the initiatives. The authors analyse them, and propose remedies for specific circumstances based on the lessons learned from CBNRM experience in southern Africa over more than a decade. The result is essential reading for all researchers, observers and practitioners who have focused on CBNRM in sustainable development programmes as a means to overcome poverty and conserve ecosystems in various parts of the globe. It is a vital tool in improving their methods and performance. In addition, academics, students and policy-makers in natural resource management, resource economics, resource governance and rural development will find it a very valuable and instructive resource.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844070091
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Christo Fabricius is Professor of Environmental Science, Rhodes University, South Africa. Eddie Koch is a Director of Mafisa Research and Planning, South Africa. Hector Magome is Director of Conservation Services at South African National Parks. Stephen Turner works at the Centre for Cooperation, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.

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Table of Contents

List of figures, tables and boxes v
List of contributors vii
Acknowledgements ix
List of acronyms and abbreviations x
Introduction xiii
Part 1 Synthesis
1 The fundamentals of community-based natural resource management 3
2 Community-based natural resource management and rural livelihoods 44
3 Political economy, governance and community-based natural resource management 66
4 Putting out fires: Does the 'C' in CBNRM stand for community or centrifuge? 78
5 Reconciling biodiversity conservation with rural development: The Holy Grail of CBNRM? 93
Part 2 Case Studies
6 Community-based natural resource management, traditional governance and spiritual ecology in southern Africa: The case of chiefs, diviners and spirit mediums 115
7 The contribution of bees to livelihoods in southern Africa 127
8 Everyday resources are valuable enough for community-based natural resource management programme support: Evidence from South Africa 135
9 Community-based natural resource management in the Okavango Delta 147
10 Local ecological knowledge and the Basarwa in the Okavango Delta: The case of Xaxaba, Ngamiland District 160
11 A land without fences: Range management in Lesotho 174
12 Beach village committees as a vehicle for community participation: Lake Malombe/Upper Shire River Participatory Programme 182
13 Key issues in Namibia's communal conservancy movement 194
14 The Torra Conservancy in Namibia 200
15 The Tchumo Tchato project in Mozambique: Community-based natural resource management in transition 210
16 The Richtersveld and Makuleke contractual parks in South Africa: Win-win for communities and conservation? 223
17 The Luangwa Integrated Rural Development Project, Zambia 235
18 Community wildlife management in Zimbabwe: The case of CAMPFIRE in the Zambezi Valley 248
19 New configurations of power around Mafungautsi State Forest in Zimbabwe 259
Conclusions and recommendations: What we have learned from a decade of experimentation 271
Index 282
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