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Title:Understanding the Links between Conservation and Development in the Bamenda Highlands, Cameroon
Authors:Abbot, Joanne I.O.
Thomas, David H.L.
Gardner, Anne A.
Neba, Sama E.
Khen, Mbony W.
Periodical:World Development
Geographic term:Cameroon
nature conservation
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://doi.org/10.1016/S0305-750X(01)00033-X
Abstract:Integrated conservation and development projects (ICDPs) attempt to combine the conservation of natural resources with the development needs of local people. An assumption at the heart of ICDPs is that development activities will in some way affect the attitudes and behaviours of local people, so that they are more supportive of conservation measures that regulate resource use, whether enforced by an outside agency or self-imposed. This paper explores the extent to which local stakeholders' behaviour and attitudes towards the conservation of the Kilum-Ijim forest (Bamenda Highlands, Cameroon) have been affected by a programme of development activities. The Kilum-Ijim Forest Project has aimed to increase the productivity of lands adjacent to the forest, as well as to improve incomes from harvesting forest products in order to decrease the pressure on the forest. The paper, which is based on field research carried out between August and November 1998, reveals that the livelihood programme of the Kilum-Ijim Forest Project is changing people's attitudes and behaviours, making them more positively disposed toward forest protection. It finally discusses potential factors for the success of ICDPs. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.