Community Wildlife Management in Zambia: Testing Indicators of Sustainable Use in a Case Study of South Luangwa

by Brian Child

Jan 1, 2001
This is Chapter 2 in the larger volume Lessons Learned: Case Studies in Sustainable Use. This study presents a means of evaluating sustainable use using a case study from the South Luangwa Area Management Unit in Zambia as an illustration. It gives more emphasis to processes of sustainability, rather than to the achievement of a particular state. Matrixes are presented for most factors (External/Human Population; and Modifiable factors: Economic -- Price-Policy and Market Distortions; Proprietorship: Socio-Political Organization, Resource Governance and Tenure; Management: Organizations and Resources) together with indicators of the processes involved. Indicators have been defined from two perspectives: From an overall assessment of a number of programmes in a region, and of this particular programme. Emphasis is put on social, economic, and political systems, withmanagement of the natural resource seen as being a consequence of these. The study forwards that the key to sustainable use of wildlife lies in promoting its comparative advantage overother types of land use. Proprietorship, correction of market and policy failures, and management of both human and natural resources are seen as the three main pillars leading to sustainable use. Th
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