Photo courtesy of Hannelore Bendsen
Dr. Brian Child, Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Florida and Chair of the Southern Africa Sustainable Use Specialist Group (SASUG), talked to members of the Okavango research community at HOORC today about the evolution of approaches to Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) programmes. Dr Child described lessons learned from implementing CBNRM programmes in Zimbabwe and Zambia and called for treating wildlife and other natural resources as community -- rather than national -- assets to improve the effectiveness of these programmes. Accounting methods that are visible to communities and clearly defined rights to benefit, manage and sell resources are essential elements in implementing CBNRM. You can find Parks in transition : biodiversity, rural development and the bottom line, edited by Dr Child, in HOORC’s library.