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Parks in Transition: Biodiversity, Rural Development and the Bottom Line
     

Parks in Transition: Biodiversity, Rural Development and the Bottom Line

by Brian Child
 

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ISBN-10: 1844070689

ISBN-13: 9781844070688

Pub. Date: 08/28/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Parks face intense pressure from both environmental and developmental perspectives to conserve biodiversity and provide economic opportunities for rural communities. These imperatives are often in conflict, while potential solutions may be subject to theoretical and practical disagreement and complicated by pressing economic, political and cultural considerations.

Overview

Parks face intense pressure from both environmental and developmental perspectives to conserve biodiversity and provide economic opportunities for rural communities. These imperatives are often in conflict, while potential solutions may be subject to theoretical and practical disagreement and complicated by pressing economic, political and cultural considerations. Parks in Transition collects the work of the most distinguished scholars and practitioners in this field, drawing on insight from over 50 case studies and synthesizing them into lessons to guide park management in transitional economies where the challenges of poverty and governance can be severe.

The central message of the book is that parks are common property regimes that are supposed to serve society. It analyses and sheds light on the crucial questions arising from this perspective. If parks are set aside to serve poor people, should conservation demands over-rule demands for jobs and economic growth? Or will deliberately using parks as bridgeheads for better land use and engines for rural development produce more and better conservation? The issue that arises at all levels is that of accountability, including the problematic linkages between park authorities and political systems, and the question of how to measure park performance. This book provides vital new insights for park management, regarding the relationship between conservation and commercialization, performance management, new systems of governance and management, and linkages between parks, landscape and the land-use economy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844070688
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tablesvi
List of Figuresvii
List of Boxesviii
List of Case Studiesix
List of Authorsx
Acronyms and Abbreviationsxiii
Acknowledgementsxv
Prefacexvi
1Introduction1
2Growth of Modern Nature Conservation in Southern Africa7
3Private Land Contribution to Conservation in South Africa29
4Community-Based Natural Resource Management as a Conservation Mechanism: Lessons and Directions63
5Performance of Parks in a Century of Change105
6Park Agencies, Performance and Society in Southern Africa125
7Innovations in Park Management165
8Does 'Commercialization' of Protected Areas Threaten Their Conservation Goals?189
9Who and What Are Parks for in Transitional Societies?217
10Parks in Transition: Biodiversity, Development and the Bottom Line233
Index257

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