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'African Potentials' for Wildlife Conservation and Natural Resource Management

Against the Image of 'Deficiency' and Tyranny of 'Fortress'

edited by Toshio Meguro, Chihiro Ito, Kariuki Kirigia

This book focuses on two specific areas: wildlife conservation policies and projects, and the interaction between local societies and the surrounding environment in Africa. Against the internationally dominant approach that regards Africa as being a state of 'deficiency', this book demonstrates, based on fieldwork concerning various natural resources (e.g. wildlife, forests, fruit, fish and land) as well as many famous protected areas, that African people are collectively and actively trying to solve the environmental problems they are facing by strategically utilising both indigenous means and new extrinsic opportunities. Meanwhile, it also becomes clear that wildlife conservation still continues to cause local societies a multitude of problems, and the 'potentials' of local people and societies are existing but unnoticed and suppressed by powerful outsiders, and therefore, remaining informal and invisible.

ISBN 9789956552856 | 374 pages | 229 x 152mm | Colour Illustrations and Colour Photographs | 2021 | Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon | Paperback



"By elaborating minute arguments based on ample evidence, the mainstream concept of 'community-based conservation' is criticized for its 'carrot-and-stick' governance, caused by the lack of 'African Potentials' philosophical perspective, involving concepts such as 'incompleteness', 'collectivity' and 'conviviality'. This book powerfully stimulates us to recognise our need to change our view of the world and to reconsider existing research on wildlife conservation and natural resource management, even in other regions."

Makoto Inoue, Emeritus Professor, The University of Tokyo

"African Potentials' is truly powerful intellectual work that presents new perspectives on critical subjects, including conservation, livelihoods, environment and sustainability. Concisely written, the book illustrates the challenges African societies are facing while providing insights into solutions. 'African Potentials' calls on Africa and the world to end the stereotype of the continent as highly 'deficient' and to rediscover Africa as a powerhouse, with the human and physical resources for remarkable progress."

Guyo Haro Wario, Independent NRM and Conflict Consultant, Kenya



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