Greven, David (2018). Conservancies and their Impact on Livelihood and Environment.The Example of Impalila Conservancy. Masters thesis, Universität zu Köln.

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This present study examines the impact of conservancies on community livelihoods and the environment by the example of Impalila Conservancy, a conservancy located in the most north-eastern part of Namibia. The data is based on a literature research, informal interviews, unstructured interviews and 20 semi-structured interviews with representatives of the different stakeholder groups, i.e. the conservancy management, the tourism sector and the community, to assess respective problems and perception of stakeholders within the conservancy setting. First, a survey is given on the theoretical framework of the conservancy approach that is based on the concepts of sustainability, ubuntu/ indigenous knowledge systems and community-based natural resource management. The data revealed that Impalila Conservancy currently does not belong to the successful Namibian conservancies. Deficits, some with different priorities depending on the stakeholder group, were identified at different levels, such as (1) institutional development and governance, (2) natural resource management and conservation, (3) economic conservation approaches and livelihood diversification, and (4) stakeholder relations. These deficits were largely attributed to previous mismanagements.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters thesis)
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URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-94323
Series Name at the University of Cologne: Culture and Environment in Africa Series
Volume: 15
Date: 2018
ISSN: 2194-1556
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Fächergruppe 4: Außereuropäische Sprachen, Kulturen und Gesellschaften > Institut für Ethnologie
Subjects: Customs, etiquette, folklore
Uncontrolled Keywords:
Namibia, Naturschutz, CBNRM, Ubuntu, MasterarbeitGerman
Namibia, Conservation, CBNRM, Ubuntu, MA thesisEnglish
Date of oral exam: 2018
NameAcademic Title
Bollig, MichaelProf. Dr.
Refereed: Yes


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