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Evaluating the social and ecological outcomes of conservation interventions: Tanzania's Wildlife Management Areas

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East African rangelands are seen by many as an ideal case for win-win community-based natural resources management (CBNRM). This paper presents research in progress on the social and ecological impacts of Tanzania’s centrally-driven state CBNRM programme of Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). Our collaborative research project PIMA uses a mixed methods approach, with a view to rigorous causal attribution. We evaluate ecological (vegetation change, wildlife population trends) and social outcomes (institutional and governance change; livelihoods, natural resource use, wellbeing, disaggregated by wealth and gender), for six WMAs established since 2007 or earlier. While data collection is not yet complete (let alone data analysis), I present preliminary, broad-brush results on selected dimensions for a subset of WMAs. The emerging findings raise questions around the extent to which Tanzania’s WMAs are achieving their stated aims and objectives.

This talk is part of the Cambridge Conservation Seminars series.

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