Incorporating Local People through Economic Incentives at Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda — Africa Works!
Like many other protected areas in Africa, LMNP in Uganda is in danger of becoming a paper park. For ecological as well as socio-economic reasons, the park’s existence and potential to sustain wildlife depend heavily on its surroundings.
In this chapter, I illustrate the non-participatory and participatory conservation history of LMNP and describe the participatory approaches of a research project on community wildlife utilisation. The participatory approach comprising a vivid stakeholder dialogue laid the foundation for mutual planning, transparency and the cohesion of stakeholders. Furthermore, it created ownership and commitment by the Wildlife Authority, the Local Authorities, and the community members of Nyabushozi at the same time. As a result, a community wildlife utilisation pilot project was established adjacent to LMNP helping to conserve the protected area.
KeywordsLocal People Focus Group Interview Participatory Approach Wildlife Management Stakeholder Dialogue
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