How might international contributions be made towards conserving Africa's rich wildlife heritage? Some suggestions
The African continent retains the world's richest large mammal heritage, yet African countries generally have the least capacity to conserve this legacy, which is consequently shrinking. The need for wildlife conservation to be extended collaboratively, across international borders, was raised at the International Wildlife Management Congress held in Durban in July 2012. I propose ve ways in which this might be accomplished, entailing (1) improving scientic concepts and models to better accommodate spatial and temporal variability, (2) establishing partnerships between well-endowed agencies or parks and African counterparts, (3) removing barriers to effective ownership of local wildlife by rural communities and ranchers, (4) establishing regular regional meetings bringing wildlife scientists and managers together to address common problems, and (5) promoting the establishment of transfrontier protected areas, integrating protected areas and communally occupied land for shared economic and social benets. Keywords: Africa, community-based conservation, partnerships, professional meetings, scientic models, transfrontier conservation areas.
Proceedings of the IVth International Wildlife Management Congress, July 9-12, 2012
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