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Universität Oldenburg (2009)

A buffer for Etosha - The attitudes towards a buffer zone on private farmland at the south-western border of the Etosha National Park (Namibia) and chances for its implementation

Jokisch, Alexander

Titre : A buffer for Etosha - The attitudes towards a buffer zone on private farmland at the south-western border of the Etosha National Park (Namibia) and chances for its implementation

Auteur : Jokisch, Alexander

Université de soutenance : Universität Oldenburg

Grade : Diplomarbeit, Magisterarbeit 2009

Résumé
This study investigates the attitudes of landowners and landusers on private commercial farmland at the south-western border of the Etosha National Park in Namibia towards a buffer zone according to the UNESCO Biosphere Concept and the socioeconomic potential for its implementation within the landowner and landuser community. The study was done in cooperation with the “Etosha Buffer Zone Project” of the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Research methods were qualitative interviews with landowners and landusers. Furthermore participant observation and expert interviews. Field research was done from September until October 2008 in the study area south-west of the Etosha National Park. The farmland at the south-western border of the Etosha National Park is used for different purposes, ranging from classical livestock farming to game farming in the form of eco-tourism or trophy hunting. The results of the study vary from very positive attitudes to very negative attitudes, mainly depending on the land use (livestock farming, combined livestock and game farming, pure game farming). Among other reasons, financial gain due to the close proximity of the Etosha National Park leads to positive attitudes (game farming), while financial loss due to the negative influence (predators) from the park leads to negative attitudes (livestock farming, partly game farming). Furthermore, research has shown that commercial livestock farming in the study area is not compatible with the Buffer Zone Concept. Therefore consistent landuse strategies in the form of some sort of wildlife farming and management are needed for the implementation of a buffer zone. Given the negative economic development of livestock farming in Namibia, especially at the border of the Etosha National Park and the increasing development of the tourism sector in the Namibian economy, which is furthermore favoured due to the close proximity of the study area to the Etosha National Park, the realisation of a buffer zone in the study area seems to be possible. Examples for that can be found all over Africa.

Mots Clés : buffer zone , attitudes to nature conservation , attitudes towards a buffer zone

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