The potential for voluntary instruments to achieve conservation planning goals: the case of conservancies in South Africa.

Downsborough, L. and Shackleton, C.M. and Knight, A. (2011) The potential for voluntary instruments to achieve conservation planning goals: the case of conservancies in South Africa. Oryx, 45 . pp. 357-364. ISSN 0030-6053

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Abstract

Spatial prioritizations and gap analyses are increasingly undertaken to allocate conservation resources. Most spatial prioritizations are conducted without specifying the conservation instruments to be implemented and gap analyses typically assess formally protected areas but increasingly include private land conservation instruments. We examine conservancies to see if these voluntary instruments contribute towards achieving goals of South African conservation planning initiatives. We conducted a nationwide survey and interviews with conservancy members in Gauteng and the Eastern Cape. Conservancies have potential for assisting South Africa to achieve conservation planning goals at national and local scales but their inclusion in spatial prioritizations and gap analyses predicates improved protection for nature, operational refinement and increased support. We sound a warning to conservation planning initiatives that incorporate voluntary instruments on private land, and present recommendations for strengthening such instruments to make them more effective. Our findings may assist conservation planners elsewhere to design more effective conservation planning initiatives focused on private land.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Conservancy; community conservation; South Africa; Eastern Cape; effectiveness; Gauteng; off-reserve conservation; optimal instrument mix
Subjects:Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Science > Environmental Science
ID Code:2420
Deposited By: Prof Charlie Shackleton
Deposited On:27 Mar 2012 14:38
Last Modified:27 Mar 2012 14:38
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