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Title:Rural people's perceptions of wildlife conservation: the case of the Masebe Nature Reserve in Limpopo Province, South Africa
Author:Boonzaaier, Chris
Periodical:Anthropology Southern Africa (ISSN 0258-0144)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:wildlife protection
nature conservation
national parks and reserves
popular participation
Ndebele (South Africa)
Abstract:The First World rationale for nature conservation is usually the aesthetic and recreational experiences and opportunities that nature provides and its scientific importance, but rural populations in Africa tend to focus on the utilization of natural resources. This paper argues that management decisions regarding the conservation and utilization of natural resources are inseparable from a people's world view and value system, because values inform people's ideas about useful or valuable resources, appropriate behaviour and their priorities regarding issues such as grazing, hunting versus poaching, job creation, tourism, and access to sacred sites and natural resources. The objective of this study is to gain insight into the perceptions of wildlife conservation among the north Ndebele in Limpopo Province, South Africa, to create a climate in which the community can become involved in issues regarding policy matters and the management of the Masebe Nature Reserve. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]