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Conservation and Development in Uganda

Publication overview

 Uganda has extensive protected areas and iconic wildlife (including mountain

gorillas), which exist within a complex social and political environment.

In recent years Uganda has been seen as a test bed and model case

study for numerous and varied approaches to address complex and connected

conservation and development challenges. This volume reviews and

assesses these initiatives, collecting new research and analyses both from

emerging scholars and well-established academics in Uganda and around

the globe. Approaches covered range from community-based conservation

to the more recent proliferation of neoliberalised interventions based on

markets and payments for ecosystem services.

Drawing on insights from political ecology, human geography, institutional

economics, and environmental science, the authors explore the

challenges of operationalising truly sustainable forms of development in a

country whose recent history is characterised by a highly volatile governance

and development context. They highlight the stakes for vulnerable human

populations in relation to large and growing socioeconomic inequalities, as

well as for Uganda’s rich, unique, and globally signicant biodiversity. They

illustrate the conicts that occur between competing claims of conservation,

agriculture, tourism, and the energy and mining industries. Crucially, the

book draws out lessons that can be learned from the Ugandan experience for

conservation and development practitioners and scholars around the world.

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