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Title: Biocultural diversity and conservation around Mt Cameroon : traditional knowledge, management and governance in the era of sustainable development
Author: Laird, Sarah A.
ISNI:       0000 0005 0287 4040
Awarding Body: University of Kent
Current Institution: University of Kent
Date of Award: 2020
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This thesis explores different facets of the interface of traditional management systems around Mt Cameroon and national and global conservation policy and practice, including the way in which traditional management systems and 'non-timber forest products' have come to be studied and understood in the context of human-environment interactions and as a way of attempting to align economic development and conservation goals. Mt Cameroon has long been characterized by change and transformation - cultural, economic, ecological, political - all of which contribute to its extraordinary biological and cultural diversity. A global hotspot for biodiversity, in recent decades Mt Cameroon has attracted the attention of numerous conservation programs and donors. My research uses a range of intersecting questions, methods and approaches to capture the dynamics of social and environmental change at multiple scales, and over decades. It explores the way in which local-level knowledge and practices are shaped and mediated between households, communities, local and global markets and extra-local forces and agents, in particular those linked to livelihood and market-based conservation initiatives. I argue that a failure to identify the social and environmental dynamics of local groups' forest management practices, and an incongruously large emphasis on products sold in markets, can often legitimize the extractive activities that cause biodiversity and forest loss in the first place, while de-emphasizing locally-driven change and - ironically - glossing over diversity in cultures and ecosystems in pursuit of uniform, global prescriptions.
Supervisor: Alexiades, Miguel Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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