The growing global population, and increase in intensive land use, has led to numerous problems and conflicts. One solution that many countries have tried is the development of “national parks” – protected areas that are sanctuaries for plant and animal species. It’s not an ideal solution, as it can lead to problems for the humans residing within that area, who need to earn a living, often through farming. There are some solutions being proposed, which could have implications around the world.
Excerpts of interviews with Robert, Miriam, Douglas and a local farmer named Benson have been aired by BBC World Service’s Science in Action program.