Sunday, 13 April 2014

Manasa Sibanda - The Impact of Cross-Disciplinary Conservation on Social Development 16th & 17th May at the UCL Institute of Archaeology

Manasa Sibanda (Great Zimbabwe University, Zimbabwe)
Contesting power and knowledge in conservation: a case of  Sengwe in Zimbabwe

Indigenous or local knowledge is recognized to complement the so called modern knowledge in conservation discourse. This paper looks at the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area (GLTFCA). It discusses ecological knowledge of the people residing in the Sengwe wildlife corridor in Zimbabwe and outlines scientific or modern approaches to conservation exercised by the GLTFCA. In so doing, it illustrates how little has changed in conservation policy from the perspective of the local people despite the paradigm shift from exclusionist approach of the colonial era to participatory rhetoric and the advent of the so called ‘Peace parks’.

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