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Comments on national parks and future relations with neighbouring communities

J. Fourie
Koedoe | Vol 37, No 1 | a330 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v37i1.330 | © 1994 J. Fourie | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 August 1994 | Published: 26 August 1994

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Abstract

Considering the success of South Africa's conservation history, the question is asked why this achievement has failed to impress the major portion of the South African population. Reasons for this failure are discussed and in order to rectify the situation, key strategies of the National Parks Board for addressing the problem are dealt with. The process of stereotyping and the role that it played in establishing an unequal experience of the conservation history is investigated. This is followed by arguments why conservation agencies should get involved in the development of rural communities. The ability of conservation areas to act as engines of development in rural areas is highlighted. The conclusion is drawn that neighbouring communities need to be involved in joint decision-making and shared responsibility, and it is suggested that this process should be handled in a dialogic way. Lastly a broad view of affirmative action is advanced, which will allow for meaningful integration of community relations with an affirmative action programme. Proposals are made for an affirmative action programme for the National Parks Board.

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Affirmative action, conservation, strategies, stereotyping, myths, social responsibility, development, joint decision-making, local communities.

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