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Parks beyond Parks: Genuine Community-based Wildlife Eco-tourism or Just Another Loss of Land for Maasai pastoralists in Kenya?

Marcel Rutten

Issue paper, 27 pages

Wildlife is one of Africa's greatest natural assets, yet local people receive very little of the profit generated by the wildlife-based tourism industry. In fact, many local communities have lost access to land and other natural resources, often without any long-term compensation. Under the Parks beyond Parks Programme, local people have set up tented camps and other activities near parks. This paper presents the development and effects of an eco-tourism initiative in the Selengei region bordering Amboseli National Park in Kenya.

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