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Community-Based Management and Conservation in Africa

Trade-Offs and Synergies in Land-Use Decisions in Local Villages



Co Authors:

Narcisa G. Pricope
Geography and Geology
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
pricopen@uncw.edu

Andrea E. Gaughan
Geography and Geosciences
University of Louisville
ae.gaughan@louisville.edu

Susan C. Caplow
Carolina Population Center
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
scaplow@email.unc.edu

Abstract:

Niko lives in Namibia and is about to attend a community meeting at which the fate of his family's re-settlement will be decided. He is unsure as to what would be best for his family; his father does not want to move while his brother is optimistic that the move will improve their lives. How should Niko's community balance their declining rain-fed agricultural production with an increasing need to conserve charismatic megafauna? Niko's situation is used as the basis of a simulation activity in which students are assigned to one of three different African communities and faced with a similar relocation decision. Students learn about a complex socio-environmental system from biophysical, socio-economic, and cultural viewpoints and are introduced to the basic governance and management structures characteristic of these communities. The case was created for introductory or mid-level courses in natural resource conservation, wildlife conservation, or environmental sociology, but it may also be appropriate for various geography courses and seminars. A PowerPoint file (which includes a link to a video with background information) is included as supplementary, supporting material.

Objectives:
  • Analyze a complex local issue from an integrated socio-environmental perspective.
  • Understand that decisions and actions at different scales affect outcomes in remote, small villages in southern Africa.
  • Examine trade-off s and synergies between development and conservation in lesser-developed nations.
  • Use data and information from disparate points of view to inform decision-making.
  • Understand different cultural perceptions of natural resources.

 

Keywords: Community-based natural resource management; human-environment interactions; conservation; development; land use; regional ecosystems; biodiversity; sub-Saharan; Namibia; Africa
Topical Area: Policy issues, Social issues
Educational Level: Middle school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division
Formats: PDF, PowerPoint
Type/Method: Dilemma/Decision, Discussion, Interrupted
Language: English
Subject Headings: Natural Resource Management   Wildlife Management   Geography   Ecology   Sociology   Economics   Interdisciplinary Sciences  
Date Posted: 9/9/2014
Date Modified: N/A
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Supplemental Materials


A PowerPoint file with background information on the Kavango-Zambezi Conservation Transfrontier Area (KAZA) is available as supporting material for the case study.  The PPT also includes a link to a video (made by some of the authors of the case) that provides a visual introduction to the area.

 

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