An assessment of local people’s participation in natural resources conservation in southern Zimbabwe

Gandiwa, Edson and Zisadza-Gandiwa, Patience and Mashapa, Clayton and Libombo, Elias and Muboko, Never (2014) An assessment of local people’s participation in natural resources conservation in southern Zimbabwe. 042-046. ISSN 2141-7466

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Abstract

We assessed the participation of local people in community-based natural resources management under the Communal Areas Management Programme for Indigenous Resources (CAMPFIRE) in southern Zimbabwe. We focused on four randomly selected CAMPFIRE communities surrounding Gonarezhou National Park. Data were collected in October 2013 through semi-structured questionnaires administered through interviews. Our results showed that there were significantly more men than women in the CAMPFIRE committees. Surprisingly, we recorded that no youths, those below the age of 25 years, were part of the CAMPFIRE committees. CAMPFIRE committee members across the study area were within the age range of 25–60 years. We therefore recommend that: (i) youths should be deliberately included in management committees focussing on natural resources conservation, and (ii) conservation awareness and education needs to be streamlined and enhanced to improve attitudes of both the elderly and youths toward community-based natural resources management initiatives. Key words: CAMPFIRE, community-based natural resource management, Gonarezhou National Park, local people, sustainable utilization

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > Protection and Conservation
Depositing User: Research Database Administrator
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2014 10:27
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2014 10:27
URI: http://researchdatabase.ac.zw/id/eprint/479

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