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Conservation in Africa : Peoples, Policies and Practice - David Anderson

Conservation in Africa

Peoples, Policies and Practice

By: David Anderson (Editor), Richard H. Grove (Editor)

Paperback Published: 25th December 1989
ISBN: 9780521349901
Number Of Pages: 368

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A new, interdisciplinary look at the practices and policies of conservation in Africa is presented in this volume. For the first time social scientists, anthropologists, and historians have been brought together with biologists, in order to illuminate previously neglected yet critically important social aspects of conservation thinking. The book is introduced by an overview of African conservation in the past, present, and future. There are sixteen papers on a wide range of topics from wildlife management to soil conservation, and from the Cape in the nineteenth century to Ethiopia in the 1980s. These collectively show that conservation must form an integral part of future policies for human development. To date, conservation has been largely the domain of the biologist, but the current ecological crisis in Africa and the failure of orthodox conservation policies demand a radical new appraisal of conventional practices. This, therefore, is essential reading for all those concerned about people and conservation in Africa.

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'The main achievement of this volume is in giving us a more comprehensive account than we have hitherto possessed of European conservation ideologies and their place in the colonial history of Africa. It is impossible in a short review to do justice to the many excellent papers here. This is a very valuable book.' Journal of African History 'This book heralds what should become the new era of conservation practice in Africa ... an important contribution to conservation literature.' African Affairs

Prefacep. vii
List of contributorsp. viii
Introduction: The scramble for Eden: past, present and future in African conservationp. 1
Conservation ideologies in Africap. 13
Introductionp. 15
Early themes in African conservation: the Cape in the nineteenth centuryp. 21
Chivalry, social Darwinism and ritualised killing: the hunting ethos in Central Africa up to 1914p. 41
Colonialism, capitalism and ecological crisis in Malawi: a reassessmentp. 63
Conservation with a human face: conflict and reconciliation in African land use planningp. 79
Wildlife, parks and pastoralistsp. 103
Introductionp. 105
Pastoralism, conservation and the overgrazing controversyp. 111
Pastoralists and wildlife: image and reality in Kenya Maasailandp. 129
Integrating parks and pastoralists: some lessons from Amboselip. 149
The Mursi and National Park development in the Lower Omo Valleyp. 169
Conservation priorities and rural communitiesp. 187
Introductionp. 189
Local institutions, tenure and resource management in East Africap. 193
Conflicting uses for forest resources in the Lower Tana River basin of Kenyap. 211
Environmental degradation, soil conservation and agricultural policies in Sierra Leone, 1895-1984p. 229
Managing the forest: the conservation history of Lembus, Kenya, 1904-63p. 249
Consequences for conservation and developmentp. 269
Introductionp. 271
The political reality of conservation in Nigeriap. 277
Settlement, pastoralism and the commons: the ideology and practice of irrigation development in Northern Kenyap. 293
Approaches to water resource development, Sokoto Valley, Nigeria: the problem of sustainabilityp. 307
State policy and famine in the Awash Valley of Ethiopia: the lessons for conservationp. 327
Indexp. 345
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ISBN: 9780521349901
ISBN-10: 0521349907
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 25th December 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.44  x 2.41
Weight (kg): 0.55