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Record number 442889
Title Tourism-conservation enterprises as a land-use strategy in Kenya
Author(s) Lamers, M.A.J.; Nthiga, R.; Duim, V.R. van der; Wijk, J. van
Source Tourism Geographies 16 (2014)3. - ISSN 1461-6688 - p. 474 - 489.
Department(s) Environmental Policy
Cultural Geography
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2014
Keyword(s) transfrontier conservation - biodiversity conservation - poverty - pastoralists - wildlife - laikipia - africa - policy
Abstract Since the early 1990s, nature conservation organizations in Eastern and Southern Africa have increasingly attempted to integrate their objectives with those of international development organizations, the land-use objectives of local communities and the commercial objectives of tourism businesses, in order to find new solutions for the protection of nature and wildlife outside state-protected areas. The increased inclusion of the market in conservation initiatives has led to diverse institutional arrangements involving various societal actors, such as private game reserves, conservancies and conservation enterprises. The Koija Starbeds ecolodge in Kenya – a partnership between communities, private investors and a non-governmental organization – serves as a case study for emerging institutional arrangements aimed at enabling value creation for communities from nature conservation. Based on a content analysis of data from individual semi-structured interviews and focus group interviews, as well as a document and literature review, this article reveals a range of benefits for community livelihood and conservation. It also identifies a range of longer term governance challenges, such as the need to address local political struggles, the relations between partners and transparency and accountability in the arrangement.
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