Fortress Conservation
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192 Pages

21.6 x 13.8 cm

Series: African Issues

Imprint: James Currey

Fortress Conservation

The Preservation of the Mkomazi Game Reserve, Tanzania

by Dan Brockington

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Challenges the myth of an African wilderness, and the conflict between conservation policies and the livelihoods of rural people.
Many conservationists insist that conservation that ignores local costs cannot be sustained. For if conservation is greeted with hostility locally then guards and patrols will simply not prevail against determined, and more numerous, rural opponents. This is welcome thinking. It is vital to recognise the problems that conservation policies can pose, and it makes sense strategically to build local alliances.
But this thinking also risks overstating thepower of rural groups, and under-estimating the power of the state. It also fails to realise how some conservation visions can become powerful, and the role of international finance and sponsorship in imposing injustice. FortressConservation is a detailed look at a dark underbelly of international wildlife conservation. By exploring one, now famous case of 'successful' conservation, the Mkomazi Game Reserve in Tanzania, it shows how complex and messy thehistory of conservation initiatives can be, how uncertain the ecological theories underpinning particular policies, and how problematic the social consequences. But it also shows how little all of this matters when the fund-raising machines that sustain these fortresses kick in.

Published in association with the International African Institute
North America: Indiana U Press

Dan Brockington is Professor and Director of the Sheffield Institute of International Development at the University of Sheffield. He is author of Fortress Conservation (James Currey, 2002), and, with Stefano Ponte, co-edited The Green Economy in the Global South (2017). His research covers the social impacts of conservation, relationships between capitalism and conservation, the work of media and celebrity in development and long term livelihood change in East Africa. He has worked mainly in Tanzania and also South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and India as well as conducting global overviews of the social impacts of protected areas, media and conservation and continental wide examinations of the work of conservation NGOs in sub-Saharan Africa.

"This is a book well worth reading. It covers a lot of very interesting material, ranging from a consideration of conservation as both ideology and practice (Chapter 1) and of fortress and community conservation (Chapter 6) to a detailed study of Mkomazi and its people and the history of the reserve, its land alienation and evictions and their impact on livelihoods. -" Dan Taylor, DEVELOPMENT POLICY REVIEW

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9780852554173

May 2002

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Title Details

192 Pages

2.16 x 1.38 cm

Series: African Issues

Imprint: James Currey