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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