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Conservation and Development in Uganda

Uganda has extensive protected areas and iconic wildlife including mountain gorillas. This new book assesses the country's recent role in complex conservation challenges. Co-edited by Noragric postdoc Connor Cavanagh and PhD alumnus David Tumusiime. Contributers include Noragric professor Pål Vedeld.

Conservation and Development in Uganda

Conservation and Development in Uganda

Edited by Chris Sandbrook, Connor Joseph Cavanagh & David Mwesigye Tumusiime.

From the Publisher (Routledge):

"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 of large and growing socioeconomic inequalities, as well as for Uganda’s rich, unique, and globally significant biodiversity. They illustrate the conflicts 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".

Book sections co-written by Noragric staff:

Chapter 1. Dynamics of uneven conservation and development in Uganda - by Connor Joseph Cavanagh, Chris Sandbrook, and David Mwesigye Tumusiime

Chapter 5. Managing the contradictions: conservation, communitarian rhetoric, and conflict at Mount Elgon National Park - by David Himmelfarb and Connor Joseph Cavanagh

Chapter 11. Lost in the woods? A political economy of the 1998 forest sector reform in Uganda - by Jón Geir Pétursson and Pål Vedeld

Chapter 13. Conservation, development, and the politics of ecological knowledge in Uganda - by Connor Joseph Cavanagh, Chris Sandbrook, and David Mwesigye Tumusiime

The book was produced with support from the Cambridge Africa Programme for Research Excellence and the RCN-funded and Noragric-led project 'Greenmentality: A Political Ecology of the Green Economy in the Global South'.


Published 4. October 2018 - 14:50 - Updated 18. December 2018 - 13:23

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