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Community visioning in a transfrontier conservation area in Southern Africa paves the way towards landscapes combining agricultural production and biodiversity conservation

Chitakira Munyaradzi, Torquebiau Emmanuel, Ferguson Willem. 2012. Community visioning in a transfrontier conservation area in Southern Africa paves the way towards landscapes combining agricultural production and biodiversity conservation. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 55 (9) : pp. 1228-1247.

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Quartile : Q3, Sujet : ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

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Thème(s) HCERES des revues (en SHS) : Géographie-Aménagement-Urbanisme-Architecture

Abstract : This study employed participatory approaches to establish ways of engaging local communities within a transfrontier conservation area, towards achieving the goals of integrated agricultural production and biodiversity conservation at a landscape level, known as ecoagriculture. We facilitated farmers' meetings to create charts of local environmental and livelihood concerns and of their vision of the future. Water scarcity, bad road conditions, unemployment and low harvests emerged among the most prevalent concerns. Through a visioning process, participants arrived at a desired future that was largely inclined towards improved livelihoods, with comparatively little attention on biodiversity enhancement. We conclude that stakeholder-driven ecoagriculture could be a sustainable strategy to simultaneously achieve the community's vision and the goals of transfrontier conservation areas, provided biodiversity management strategies are linked to infrastructure improvement and income generating activities. We recommend a community visioning process as an effective approach to encourage collective action and to support local ownership of development programmes. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Biodiversité, Paysage, agriculture alternative, Niveau de vie, Développement durable, Conservation des ressources, Participation communautaire, approches participatives

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Afrique du Sud

Mots-clés complémentaires : Agriculture de conservation

Classification Agris : P01 - Nature conservation and land resources
A01 - Agriculture - General aspects
F08 - Cropping patterns and systems
U30 - Research methods

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 6 (2005-2013) - Agriculture, environnement, nature et sociétés

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Chitakira Munyaradzi, University of Pretoria (ZAF)
  • Torquebiau Emmanuel, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (ZAF)
  • Ferguson Willem, University of Pretoria (ZAF)

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