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Participatory quota setting (PLA 55)

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The Tips for Trainers for this issue are taken from a publication called District Quota Setting Toolbox, part of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Wildlife Management Series. The toolbox was developed under WWF’s Support to CAMPFIRE (SupCamp) project in Zimbabwe (see overview and many articles in this issue).1 It describes a set of activities for participatory quota setting at the district level, providing detailed instructions on the methods and activities that can be used by a facilitator at a district-level quota setting workshop. In wildlife management, a quota represents the number of animals that can be safely removed or harvested from a population each year without damaging that population. Setting quotas ensures that wildlife populations maintain themselves and continue to survive into the future. To do this we need to know how many animals there are and how many of these animals can be used. The participation of local people in quota setting is crucial if they are to feel a sense of ownership and responsibility for wildlife resources. In: PLA 55 Practical tools for community conservation in southern Africa. Guest editors: Brian Child and Brian Jones.

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