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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 2 Walking a tightrope: using PRA in a conflict situation around Waza National Park, Cameroon

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 2 Walking a tightrope: using PRA in a conflict situation around Waza National Park, Cameroon Paul Scholte, Saleh Adam, Saidou Kari and Jean-Hilaire Mbouche Introduction 1966, one of the villages inside the park, Zeila, was burnt down following an election in which PRA has become a common method to it had voted against the reigning power. Its stimulate communication between researchers twin village, Baram, has remained inside the and local people, often in an agricultural or park boundaries, despite numerous attempts to other development context. In these cases, remove it. Inhabitants, evicted from the park, settled in villages along the park boundary and there is often no sharp conflict between local continued, together with their neighbours, to peoples' and outsiders' interests. But the case fish in the park water holes dug by their is different with protected areas where law promotes the interests of biodiversity, and of parents or graze their herds on the park grazing future and global generations, often at the grounds of their elders. But confrontations expense of local people. Nowadays, it is took place regularly with the game guards. accepted that some form of co-management According to Cameroonian legislation, all ...

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