Property rights and participatory biodiversity conservation: lessons from Malekula Island, Vanuatu

Property rights and participatory biodiversity conservation: lessons from Malekula Island, Vanuatu The implementation of the biologically-focused and/or legally-focused approaches to conservation has contributed to the cultural and socioeconomic marginalization of many people living within or close to protected areas (PAs). As a result, many PAs suffer from encroachment by the people living near them. The paper shows how the establishment of conservation initiatives may benefit from: (i) a participatory identification, assessment and establishment process that accounts for existing property rights, local people's needs and wants; and (ii) legislation that recognizes and strengthens customary property rights. The paper considers the lessons derived from experience on the island of Malekula, Vanuatu. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Land Use Policy Elsevier

Property rights and participatory biodiversity conservation: lessons from Malekula Island, Vanuatu

Land Use Policy, Volume 14 (2) – Apr 1, 1997

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Elsevier
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Copyright © 1997 Elsevier Ltd
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0264-8377
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10.1016/S0264-8377(96)00038-5
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Abstract

The implementation of the biologically-focused and/or legally-focused approaches to conservation has contributed to the cultural and socioeconomic marginalization of many people living within or close to protected areas (PAs). As a result, many PAs suffer from encroachment by the people living near them. The paper shows how the establishment of conservation initiatives may benefit from: (i) a participatory identification, assessment and establishment process that accounts for existing property rights, local people's needs and wants; and (ii) legislation that recognizes and strengthens customary property rights. The paper considers the lessons derived from experience on the island of Malekula, Vanuatu.

Journal

Land Use PolicyElsevier

Published: Apr 1, 1997

References

  • Parks and people: livelihood issues in national parks management in Thailand and Madagascar
    Ghimire, K.B.
  • Biodiversity conservation: the process of economic assessment and establishment of a protected area in Vanuatu
    Tacconi, L.; Bennett, J.
  • Social and political dimensions of environmental protection in Central America
    Utting, P.

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