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Community-managed tourism small enterprises in Namibia (PLA 55)

In: PLA 55 Practical tools for community conservation in southern Africa.
Guest editors: Brian Child and Brian Jones.

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It is generally easier to succeed in CBNRM where communities can acquire and manage tangible benefits. Andee Davison with Reuben Mutati and Usiel Ndjavera describes the development of small-scale community tourism enterprises, with warnings that rigorous financial analysis and management systems are more important than good intentions. Noting that the democratic process and participatory institutions are critical for managing CBNRM effectively, they nevertheless suggest that business enterprises need a different, and more individualistic, institutional model.

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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