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The nexus between sustainable livelihoods and ecological management of the World Heritage Sites : lessons from iSimangaliso World Heritage Park, South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Nzama, T.A.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-24T09:47:03Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-24T09:47:03Z
dc.date.issued 2009-01
dc.identifier.citation The nexus between sustainable livelihoods and ecological management of the World Heritage Sites : lessons from iSimangaliso World Heritage Park, South Africa en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2077-2815
dc.identifier.issn https://hdl.handle.net/10520/EJC112652
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10530/1980
dc.description Peer reviewed article published under Inkanyiso, Volume 1, Issue 1, Jan 2009, p. 34 - 42 en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper explores the suitability of the ecological management approach to the management of the world heritage sites with an aim of linking sustainable livelihoods of local people and the protection of the resource. There are eight World Heritage Sites in South Africa; two of these, UKhahlamba Drakensberg and iSimangaliso Wetland Park are located in KwaZulu-Natal. The communities that live within and around these World Heritage Sites depend on the sites for their livelihoods through various tourism related activities. There is therefore a need for an approach that integrates biodiversity conservation with local and regional development which ensures sustainable livelihoods for local communities that depend on the resource for their survival. The objectives of the study were four-fold: (a) To explore the possibility of introducing and implementing ecological management at the world heritage sites, (b) To establish the local communities’ understanding of the impacts of human-use on ecosystems and biological resources, (c) To assess the extent to which local communities are involved in biodiversity conservation programmes and (d) To find out if the programmes currently in place are directed at integrating social, economic and environmental issues of the study area. The findings of this study indicate that people living inside and on the buffer of iSimangaliso Wetland Park are aware of the activities that may lead to the degradation of the ecosystems. They are also willing to learn more about the ways in which the resource can be optimally used for their economic survival but at the same time protected from overuse. The findings of the study further indicate that with the common understanding between the site authorities and local communities it is possible that ecological management can be introduced and implemented within the World Heritage Sites en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Zululand en_US
dc.subject Sustainable livelihood en_US
dc.subject ecological management en_US
dc.subject world heritage sites en_US
dc.subject iSimangaliso world Heritage Park en_US
dc.subject South Africa en_US
dc.title The nexus between sustainable livelihoods and ecological management of the World Heritage Sites : lessons from iSimangaliso World Heritage Park, South Africa en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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