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Community conservation and participatory policy processes in southern Africa (PLA 55)

Article in: PLA 55. Guest editors: Brian Child and Brian Jones.

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The key to effective community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) has been major changes in policy and legislation that, to a greater or lesser extent, devolve power, authority, managerial rights and benefits to local communities. Brian Jones, David Mulolani and Brian Child discuss the process of changing policy and practice at the national level, but leave the actual analysis of policy to more academic journals. They focus on ways of involving local communities in the policy process. It is the regional wildlife authorities that have driven the process of devolution, and while diversification into other natural resources is a constant theme, this and other chapters reflect the reality that it is the wildlife policies that have been most innovative.

Keywords: CBNRM, conservation, policy, poverty, marketing, tourism, quota setting, revenue distribution, monitoring, mapping, theatre, finance, training.

Participatory Learning and Action (PLA, formerly PLA Notes) is the world's leading series on participatory learning and action approaches and methods. PLA publishes articles on participation aimed at practitioners, researchers, academics and activists. All articles are peer-reviewed by an international editorial board. See: www.planotes.org

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