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Strategic Opportunism: What Works in Africa Twelve Fundamentals for Conservation Success

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Lingua: Inglese


Pubblicazione: 03/2023
Edizione: 1st ed. 2023


This open access book. provides a synthesis of six projects, across ten countries, each of which have been sustained for two or more decades, and which illustrate how success can be achieved regardless of systems of governance, of a nation’s wealth, or of culture. Detailed narratives are presented on the key personalities that have conceived, conducted and concluded long-term projects: personal stories of vision, failure, frustration and persistence ultimately leading to success.

The case studies vary widely in their geography and goals. The single-handed commitment to re-discover the last surviving populations of Giant Sable in the miombo woodlands of central Angola, through the capture, translocation and establishment of robust breeding herds of this magnificent antelope, contrasts with the massively funded, three-decade programme with over one hundred participants that reversed the annual loss to predation by feral cats of 455 000 seabirds from a sub-Antarctic island. Similarly, the foresight of Zimbabwean and Namibian ecologists to place rural communities at the centre of conservation programmes by giving value to wildlife populations and benefits to local people, transformed a land degradation problem to a socio-ecological solution. Across ten countries, building capacity in botanical collection, documentation and herbarium management expanded into a global project to place the knowledge base of Africa’s flora onto an electronic data system accessible to researchers and conservation planners in even the most remote corners of the continent. None of these projects enjoyed immediate results. Each required leadership skills that combined vision, a generosity of spirit, fortuitous timing and the exploitation of unexpected opportunities.


Part l. Background.- Chapter 1. Introduction: Success is Possible.- Chapter 2. Strategic Opportunism: A Pragmatic Approach to Conservation in Africa.- Part ll. Strategic Opportunism in Action: Six Stories of Success.- Chapter 3. Angolan Giant Sable: Rediscovery, Rescue and Recovery.- Chapter 4. Marion Island: Birds, Cats, Mice and Men.- Chapter 5. Gorongosa National Park: Wilderness, War and Wildlife Recovery.- Chapter 6. Overcoming the Taxonomic Impediment: SABONET and the African Plants Initiative.- Chapter 7. Building Biodiversity Knowledge: Mobilising Citizen Science.- Chapter 8. Bridging the Gap: Community Conservancies in Namibia and Zimbabwe.- Part lll: Conclusion.- Chapter 9. Twelve Fundamentals for Conservation Success.


Brian John Huntley is a South African ecologist with wide experience in the planning and development of national parks, botanical gardens and multi-disciplinary research programmes in southern African countries. He has led major multi-national cooperative research and conservation programmes to success. Following retirement as director of the South African National Biodiversity Institute, has served as advisor to international agencies within the UN system.

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Condizione: Nuovo
Collana: SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science
Dimensioni: 235 x 155 mm Ø 256 gr
Formato: Brossura
Illustration Notes:XVI, 142 p. 46 illus., 32 illus. in color.
Pagine Arabe: 142
Pagine Romane: xvi

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