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Social Assessment of Protected Areas (SAPA) at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya

Phil Franks

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The Ol Pejeta Conservancy (OPC) was established in the 1980s as a privately owned protected area (PA), operated on a not-for-profit basis. The conservancy covers 37,000 hectares and has particular conservation significance as a home to the largest population of black rhino.

SAPA is a multi-stakeholder methodology that assesses the positive and negative impacts of a protected area and related conservation and development activities on the wellbeing of communities living within and around the PA. The SAPA assessment used community and stakeholder workshops and a survey of 231 households, including 141 women and 90 men. The assessment was conducted in the period of January to September 2014 and was facilitated by staff of OPC with support from community representatives.

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The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) has developed and tested a relatively simple, low cost methodology for assessing the positive and negative social impacts of protected areas, and is now supporting its roll-out.

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Assessing social impacts of protected areas

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