Social Change and Conservation: Environmental Politics and Impacts of National Parks and Protected Areas

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Protected areas and conservation policies ore usually established with only local nature and wildlife in mind. Yet they con have far reaching consequences for local populations, often undermining their access to resources and their livelihoods. This book is the first comprehensive discussion of the social consequences of protected area schemes and conservation policies. Drawing on case studies from North America, Europe, Asia,
Central America and Africa, it critically reviews current trends in protected area management, and shows how local people have been affected in terms of their customary rights, livelihoods, wellbeing and social cohesion. The loss of secure livelihoods ultimately threatens conservation, as poverty and environmental degradation intensify in and around protected areas. The leading authorities who have contributed to this ground breaking volume argue for a thorough overhaul of conservation thinking and practice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853834103
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Pimbert is a Director of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF Switzerland).

Krishna B. Ghimire is Senior Researcher at UNRISD, with special interests in land reform and tourism development.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Acknowledgements and a Caveat to the Reader
List of Figures
List of Tables
I. Social Change and Conservation: an Overview of Issues and Concepts
Krishna B. Ghimire and Michel P. Pimbert
II. Biodiversity and Human Welfare
Piers Blaikie and Sally Jeanrenaud
III. National Parks and Protected Area Management in Costa Rica and Germany: a Comparative Analysis
Jens Briiggemann
IV. Salvaging Nature: Indigenous Peoples and Protected Areas
Marcus Colchester
V. Women, Forest Products and Protected Areas: a Case Study of Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, West Bengal, India
Chandana Dey
VI. Local Development and Parks in France
Andrea Finger-Stich and Krishna B. Ghimire
VII. Conservation and Social Development: an Assessment of Wolong and other Panda Reserves in China
Krishna B. Ghirnire
VIII. Ecotourism and Rural Reconstruction in South Africa: Reality or Rhetoric?
Eddie Koch
IX. Management of Wildlife, Tourism and Local Communities in Zimbabwe
Chris Mayor
X. Protected Areas, Conservationists and Aboriginal Interests in Canada
James Morrison
XI. Parks, People and Professionals: Putting 'Participation' into Protected Area Management
Michel P. Pimbert and Jules N. Pretty
List of Abbreviations and Acronyms
Land and Weight Measurements; Currency Conversion

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