Local Livelihoods and Protected Area Management
Biodiversity Conservation Problems in Cameroon
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: African Books Collective
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Tropical forest of Africa constitute nearly a fifth of the world’s remaining forest. The forest is the home to numerous plants and animals. It is also inhabited by Baka pygmies who are foragers and Bantu farmers. The Baka are hunter-gatherers. They sometimes cultivate staple crops or trade agricultural work and forest products such as medicinal plants, “bush meat”,...
Chapter 1 - Social and Political Dimension of Environmental Protection
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This study makes a critical examination of mainstream initiatives to protect and rehabilitate the environment in developing countries. It investigates the social dimensions of environmental degradation and regeneration, that is, the diverse and complex interactions between people and the environment. It thus seeks to integrate the physical and ecological with social, economic and
Chapter 2 - Forest Based Livelihoods and Sustainability Issues in Protected Areas
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The capacity of forests to provide sustainable employment opportunities is becoming the focus of greater interest worldwide. Unfortunately, research and information on forest-based livelihood and their effects on the sustainability of forests are limited at both local and national levels. The paper therefore, focuses on the effects of wood fuel consumption,...
Chapter 3 - Population Dynamics, Livelihoods and Forest Protection
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The study makes a critical examination of mainstream efforts to rehabilitate and conserve forests in Cameroon and concludes that technocratic blueprints will always founder when they come face-to-face with the real world of complex human relation in poverty stricken societies. These result from the failure to integrate the concerns relating to rights, needs and priorities of...
Chapter 4 - Livelihoods and Threats to Biodiversity Management
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The problems facing the sustainable conservation and management of biodiversity in Sub-Saharan Africa have tended to be defined in ways that do not lead to acceptable solutions. The chapter uses a combination of primary and secondary data sources to identify the problems mitigating against a sustainable biodiversity management in Sub-Saharan Africa. It posits that...
Chapter 5 - Rural Livelihoods and the Management of National Parks
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Korup is a biologically lavish area in the lowland rainforest zone of Cameroon. It obtained a National Park status in 1986 and has continued to suffer from anthropogenic stresses. The study seeks to assist in ensuring a secured ecological system for inhabited protected areas using Korup as an example, that is, to assess the utilization and sustainability of socio-economic...
Chapter 6 - Contribution of Non-Timber Forest Products to Household Revenue: In Forest-Adjacent Communities
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The use of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) in the tropical rainforest management has received greater attention over the past two decades. They are collected from a wide range of ecotypes such as high forest, farm fallows, otherwise disturbed forest, and farmland for use as medicine, food and barter. People throughout the tropics rely on their harvest and sale for their...
Chapter 7 - Forest-User Groups and Forest Dependent Livelihoods in Community Forests
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It is now being realized by development agencies that using state power to enforce protection status for forests has failed to come to grips with crucial social issues and has provoked conflicts which often undermine the possibility of implementing and achieving basic conservation objectives. This approach ignores the livelihoods of forest adjacent communities. The search...
Chapter 8 - Gender Roles and Power Relationships in Environmental Protection
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Divisions between men and women in access to natural resources and in their management and use are common in African land management systems. Women constitute the bulk of small-scale resource-limited farmers. Yet, cropland is often not directly under their control. It is usually controlled either by their husbands, brothers or fathers. Therefore, both tenure and...
Chapter 9 - Ecological Planning and Ecotourism Development in Protected Areas
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Game reserves and other protected areas are potential areas for the development of ecotourism because of their biodiversity, landscapes and cultural heritage of local or indigenous people. This study investigates the environmental sustainability of game reserves using a sample of the Kimbi Game Reserve. It assesses the potentials of the reserve for the development...
Chapter 10 - Climate Change, Livelihoods and Protected Area Management
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There is a growing recognition that natural ecosystems, both large and small, could provide a suite of ecosystem services related to climate change, ranging from protection against immediate physical impacts (rising temperatures, unstable climates, rising sea level) to providing additional insurance against the predicted instability of agriculture, fisheries and water resources. The...
Chapter 11 - Sustainable Forest Management by Communities
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Mainstream initiatives to protect and rehabilitate forests in developing countries have failed to integrate the physical and ecological with social, economic and political processes. In view of the paucity of data on the linkages between the ecological and social processes at grassroots level, there is a need to collect original data through field research. Understanding the...
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Publication Year: 2011