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

  • Charis M. Thompson
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    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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    Article provided by White Horse Press in its journal Environmental Values.

    Volume (Year): 11 (2002)
    Issue (Month): 3 (August)
    Pages: 303-326

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