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Integrating top-down with bottom-up conservation policy in Africa

Integrating top-down with bottom-up conservation policy in Africa

Abrams, R.W., Anwana, Eno D., Ormsby, Alison, Dovie, Delali B.K., Ajagbe, Ademola and Abrams, Amber (2009) Integrating top-down with bottom-up conservation policy in Africa. Conservation Biology, 23 (4). pp. 799-804. ISSN 1523-1739 (online) (doi:

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Developed nations intervened in conservation policy across Africa during the 20th century to address needs to protect species and biodiversity that were based on their own perceptions and priorities. In the 21st century, conservationists in Africa have revised these perceptions and begun the process of identifying conservation priorities from an African perspective and in consideration of Africans’ priorities. Although foreign conservation interveners struggled to identify mechanisms to which local people would respond, African conservationists are now demonstrating how to integrate the continent's unique socioeconomic circumstances into efforts to protect biodiversity. In Africa effective conservation policy must include the generation of wealth, reduction of disease and hunger, and support of traditional land-use practices.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Africa, conservation priorities, foreign intervention, conservation policy, poverty
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
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