|Type||Thesis or Dissertation - Doctor of Philosophy|
|Title||Moving away from prescriptive pachyderm palliatives: toward an integrated assessment of farmer-elephant conflict in Gabon|
I began this dissertation research after three years as an Environmental Educator
with the Peace Corps in Lopé National Park, Gabon. If the occasional elephants in
my backyard and the constant buffalo in the driveway in Lopé were not enough to
clue me in on the potential difficulties of sharing space with large wildlife, farmers in
the neighboring villages I visited made sure to remind me at every opportunity.
Gabon had just formalized a network of 13 national parks, of which Lopé was the
most experienced forerunner. Despite relatively intact infrastructure and research
programs, however, Lopé still faced many obstacles to becoming the tourism
success President Bongo envisioned (Bongo 2002).
This dissertation work was motivated in part by my own passion for understanding
and optimizing people/protected-area interactions, and in part by request of several
of my colleagues at Wildlife Conservation Society, who were concerned with the
negative community-park relations caused by farmer-elephant conflict. My specific
questions and methods were most influenced by conversations with farmer-
elephant conflict experts elsewhere in Africa.
|»||Gabon - Recensement Général de la Population et de l'Habitat 1993|
|»||Gabon - Recensement général de la population et de l'habitat 2003|