PDF: Community power, participation, conflict and development choice: community wildlife conservation in the Okavango region of northern Botswana
Boggs, L. (2000). Community power, participation, conflict and development choice: community wildlife conservation in the Okavango region of northern Botswana. Evaluating Eden Series, Discussion Paper No. 17, International Institute for Environment and Development, London.
The main objective of this research is an evaluation of the process of decentralisation while examining the current and potential effects of a community based approach to wildlife management in northern Botswana. Directly addressing the reality that there are only a few successful community based initiatives in southern Africa, several hypotheses are tested that aim to evaluate the performance of these two communities in terms of their benefits, leadership and capacity with respect to the existing CBNRM model for improved wildlife management. Within this context, a comprehensive analysis of the transformation of social life and social structures is considered essential to discussions of land and resource tenure, conflict, power, institutional linkages, benefits, representation and participation.
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