Local People’s Knowledge and Perceptions of Wildlife Conservation in Southeastern Zimbabwe

Gandiwa, E and Zisadza-Gandiwa, P and Muboko, N and Libombo, E and Mashapa, C and Gwazani, R Local People’s Knowledge and Perceptions of Wildlife Conservation in Southeastern Zimbabwe.

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Abstract

This study aimed at examining local people’s knowledge and perceptions of wildlife conservation in southeastern Zimbabwe. Data were collected between October and November in 2012 using a purposive sampling approach of households (n = 114) in communities adjacent to Gonarezhou National Park. Our results show that local people were aware of the Communal Areas Management Programme for Indigenous Resources (CAMPFIRE) and Gonarezhou, and their associated purposes. However, our results suggest that local people had inadequate knowledge about the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area (GLTFCA) and its purpose. Moreover, mixed perceptions about the impact of the GLTFCA on local livelihoods and conservation in the study area were recorded. Finally, the results indicated that improving park-community relationships, education and awareness programmes on natural resources conservation could assist in raising the status of conservation in Gonarezhou and GLTFCA.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > Protection and Conservation
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
Divisions: Universities > State Universities > Midlands State University
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Edson Gandiwa
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2014 12:55
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2014 12:55
URI: http://researchdatabase.ac.zw/id/eprint/448

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