Special Session: Co-management of protected areas: challenges, lessons and success stories

Challenges, lessons and some success stories relating to the co-management of protected areas related to the land restitution process will be presented from the perspectives of conservation agencies and beneficiary communities, with a facilitated discussion on the way forward.

The land restitution process in South Africa is resulting in the change of ownership of a large proportion of the protected area estate, with the requirement to develop co-management agreements between conservation agencies and beneficiary communities. These agreements seek to ensure the primary purpose of the protected areas is safeguarded, whilst realising benefits for the new owners. At the same time, a number of private wildlife-based businesses, where land ownership has changed, have developed innovative mutually beneficial partnerships with beneficiaries. The success or failure of these agreements will to a large extent determine the future of conservation areas in South Africa.

This session will present perspectives from conservation agencies, wildlife-based businesses and beneficiary communities on the challenges, lessons and success stories of this process, followed by a facilitated discussion on solutions and the way forward.

Open session – researchers and practitioners are encouraged to submit relevant presentations for inclusion in this session. Participation in the session during the Symposium is open to all. Submissions that cannot be incorporated into the session by the convener will be considered for general sessions in the remainder of the programme.

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