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Social Science Research Projects in South African National Parks: Introductory Notes

A.W. Odendal, I.M. Krige
Koedoe | Vol 31, No 1 | a489 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v31i1.489 | © 1988 A.W. Odendal, I.M. Krige | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 October 1988 | Published: 21 October 1988

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A.W. Odendal, University of Pretoria, South Africa
I.M. Krige, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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The relevance of human scientific research within conservation areas is assessed. Issues of importance to the National Parks Board are mentioned in order to stimulate interest and subsequent discussion. An overview of some of the social scientific projects presently undertaken in national parks (traditional and contractual) are presented. This includes the assessment of real needs and demands of visitors to the national parks. A viability study identified important concepts while the important role played by perception in environmental evaluation is stressed. A multi-disciplinary research approach and active participation by all parties concerned in deciding the future of natural areas is advocated.


Nature conservation, environmental perception, national parks, contractual national parks, social sciences, environmental education, community-psychology .


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