Exploring the effectiveness of integrated conservation and development interventions in a Central African forest landscape

Sandker, Marieke, Campbell, Bruce M., Nzooh, Zacharie, Sunderland, Terry, Amougou, Victor, Defo, Louis, and Sayer, Jeffrey (2009) Exploring the effectiveness of integrated conservation and development interventions in a Central African forest landscape. Biodiversity and Conservation, 18 (11). pp. 2875-2892.

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Abstract

Integrated conservation and development projects (ICDPs) have had limited success in addressing the often conflicting objectives of conservation and development. We developed a model with local participants to explore the trade-offs between conservation and development in southeastern Cameroon, where illegal hunting is regarded as the greatest challenge to conservation. We simulated the effects of different ICDP strategies by varying the degree of focus on antipoaching activities, anticorruption measures and direct development investments, and by varying the overall budget for such activities. Our outcome variables were numbers of selected wildlife species and household incomes. The model outcomes from the different scenarios were used to stimulate debate among stakeholders. Contributing to poverty alleviation while maintaining current animal population sizes will be extremely difficult and will require long-term external financial support. Devoting greater attention to improving local environmental governance emerged as the highest priority for this investment. We used the model outputs to inform some of the major policy makers in the region. Participatory modeling is a valuable means of capturing the complexities of achieving conservation at landscape scales and of stimulating innovative solutions to entrenched problems.

Item ID: 18373
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Cameroon, corruption, environmental governance, ICDP, integrated conservation and development project, participatory modeling, trade-offs, simulation models
ISSN: 1572-9710
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2011 05:37
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960799 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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