Evolution and Innovation in Wildlife Conservation: Parks and Game Ranches to Transfrontier Conservation Areas, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Evolution and Innovation in Wildlife Conservation

Parks and Game Ranches to Transfrontier Conservation Areas, 1st Edition

Edited by Helen Suich, Brian Child


432 pages

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The crucible of innovation in wildlife and habitat conservation is in southern Africa where it has co-evolved with decolonization, political transformation and the rise of development, ownership, management and livelihood debates.

Charting this innovation, early chapters deal with the traditional 'fines and fences' conservation that occurred in the colonial and early post-independence period, with subsequent sections focussing on the experimentation and innovation that occurred on private and communal land as a result of the break from these traditional methods. The final section deals with more recent innovations in the sector, focussing on building and strengthening the relationships between parks and society. Importantly, the book provides a data-rich summary of experimentation with more inclusive models of conservation in terms of ecological, social, political and economic indicators.

Published with the Southern African Sustainable Use Specialist Group (SASUSG) of IUCN

Table of Contents

Part 1: Overview

1. Conservation in Transition

Part 2: History of State-led Conservation

2. The Emergence of Parks and Conservation Narratives in Southern Africa

3. National Parks in South Africa

4. The Growth of Park Conservation in Botswana

5. The Emergence of Modern Conservation Practice in Zimbabwe

6. Protected Areas in Mozambique

Part 3: Conservation on Private Land

7. Private Conservation in southern Africa: Practice and emerging Principles

8. Game Ranching in Namibia

9. Game Ranching in Zimbabwe

10. Extensive Wildlife Production on Private Land in South Africa

11. Save Valley Conservancy: A Large-scale African Experiment in Cooperative Wildlife Management

Part 4: Community-based Natural Resource Management

12. Community Conservation in Southern Africa: Rights-based Natural Resource Management

13. The Performance of CAMPFIRE in Zimbabwe 1989-2006

14. CBNRM in Namibia: Growth, Trends, Lessons and Constraints

15. CBNRM in Botswana

16. CBNRM in Mozambique: The Challenges of Sustainability

Part 5: Integrating Wildlife and Parks into the Social Landscape

17. Recent Innovations in Conservation

18. Changing Institutions to Respond to Challenges: North West Parks, South Africa

19. Making Conservation Work: Innovative Approaches to Meeting Conservation and Socio-economic Objectives (an Example from the Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

20. Table Mountain National Park

21. A Network of Marine Protected Areas in Mozambique

22. Towards Transformation: Contractual National Parks in South Africa

23. Transfrontier Conservation Initiatives in Southern Africa: Observations from the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area

24. Making 'Conventional' Parks Relevant to All of Society: The Case of SANParks

25. Privately Managed Protected Areas

Part 6: Conclusions

26: ~Innovations in State, Private and Communal Conservation

About the Editors

Helen Suich is a development and resource economist, policy adviser, project manager.

Brian Child is Associate Professor in the Geography Department at the University of Florida, USA and editor of Parks in Transition (2004).

Anna Spenceley is editor of Responsible Tourism (2008).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection