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Benefits to local communities from community conservancies in Namibia: an assessment

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  • Sushenjit Bandyopadhyay
  • Michael Humavindu
  • Priya Shyamsundar
  • Limin Wang
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    This article evaluates the benefits of community-based activities in wildlife conservancies in Namibia by asking three questions: Do community conservancies contribute to an increase in household welfare? Are such programmes pro-poor; that is, do they improve welfare more for poorer households than for the less poor? Does participation in conservancy increase household welfare more for participants than non-participants? This study bases the analyses on a 2002 survey covering seven conservancies and 1192 households. The results suggest that community conservancies have a positive impact on household welfare. The authors also conclude that this impact is poverty-neutral in some regions and pro-poor in others. Further, welfare benefits from conservancies appear to be fairly evenly distributed between participant and non-participant households.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Development Southern Africa.

    Volume (Year): 26 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 5 ()
    Pages: 733-754

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:deveza:v:26:y:2009:i:5:p:733-754

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    Keywords: Community-based natural resource management; wildlife; conservancies; welfare; Namibia;

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