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Type Thesis or Dissertation - Master Thesis
Title Involvement and Participation: Practices and Perceptions in Collaborative Resource Management: The Case of Bwindi National Park,Uganda
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2009
URL http://engopa.no/attachments/084_Involvement and participation (2).pdf
Uganda is one of the most biologically diverse countries in Africa. Most of its biodiversity is represented within a system of national parks, wild life reserves and forest reserves. In 1991, Bwindi forest was turned into a National Park which led to conflicts between communities and park managers due to resource use restrictions. In 1996, a strategy of local participation was established by Uganda Wildlife Authority. This strategy included the involvement of local people in benefit sharing, resource use schemes and decision-making processes. This study examines the involvement and participation of local people in collaborative resource management at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It describes practices and local people‘s perceptions toward their involvement in these conservation initiatives. Employing theories on Power and participation, an analysis has been made of the findings and in comparison to Pretty‘s ladder of participation, local participation at Bwindi has been evaluated. Data has been collected through household and key informant interviews, participatory observation and examination of written material.

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