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Ranchers, Scientists, and Grass-roots Development in the United States and Kenya


  • Charis M. Thompson


Two initiatives in community-based biodiversity conservation are examined. I describe key aspects of the formation in the mid 1990s of the Malpai Borderlands Group of the Southwest US, and the reorganisation of the Kenya Wildlife Service during 1994-6 and their legacies since then. I review how history, ownership, membership, and valuation were appealed to, created, maintained, and contested in defining what should be saved, by and for whom, and how in each. I also suggest the central role of science and relatively mundane technologies in co-ordinating these parameters. Success or 'best practice' as applied to the conjunction of biodiversity conservation and development depends upon this work in contesting and establishing history, ownership, membership and valuation.

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  • Charis M. Thompson, 2002. "Ranchers, Scientists, and Grass-roots Development in the United States and Kenya," Environmental Values, White Horse Press, vol. 11(3), pages 303-326, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:env:journl:ev11:ev1116

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    biodiversity conservation; local; global; history; membership; ownership; valuation; success;

    JEL classification:

    • D7 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation


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