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Title:Introduction: nature as local heritage in Africa: longstanding concerns, new challenges
Authors:Cormier-Salem, Marie-ChristineISNI
Bassett, Thomas J.ISNI
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:nature conservation
natural resource management
Abstract:The concept of natural heritage or patrimony increasingly informs biodiversity conservation initiatives in Africa. The idea that a country's natural resources constitute a heritage that local resource users have a stake in preserving represents an alternative appraoch to resource conservation that privileges local knowledge, control and management. This introduction and the articles that follow in the same issue of 'Africa' examine natural heritage, territory and identity in relation to each other. They are the result of research which was presented earlier at an international symposium at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in April 2003. Three main questions are discussed: 1) the pertinence of the notion of natural patrimony in the context of African countries, the criteria for selection, and the status of the living elements that are viewed as heritage objects; 2) the actors and the logic of their strategies; and 3) the effects of these processes in terms of their environmental and socioeconomic dynamics, and the links between claims to heritage, territory and identity. Bibliogr., note. [ASC Leiden abstract]