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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Are Central Africa’s Protected Areas Displacing Hundreds of Thousands of Rural Poor?
Author(s): Curran, Bryan
Sunderland, Terry
Maisels, Fiona
Oates, John F
Asaha, Stella
Balinga, Michael
Defo, Louis
Dunn, Andrew
Telfer, Paul
Usongo, Leonard
von, Loebenstein Karin
Roth, Philipp
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Keywords: biodiversity conservation
Central Africa
protected areas
Issue Date: 2009
Citation: Curran B, Sunderland T, Maisels F, Oates JF, Asaha S, Balinga M, Defo L, Dunn A, Telfer P, Usongo L, von Loebenstein K & Roth P (2009) Are Central Africa’s Protected Areas Displacing Hundreds of Thousands of Rural Poor?, Conservation and Society, 7 (1), pp. 30-45.
Abstract: An ongoing debate over the impacts of protected areas on rural communities in central Africa has become increasingly polarized in recent years, even as deÞ nitions of displacement have shifted from outright expulsion to economic dislocation precipitated by lost access to natural resources. Although forcible removal of communities to make way for the creation of National Parks has certainly occurred in the past in some parts of the world, we contend that not a single individual has been physically removed from any of the protected areas created in central Africa over the past decade, despite claims to the contrary of hundreds of thousands of .conservation refugees.. Furthermore, we recognize that a scarcity of data precludes impartial evaluation of the potential impacts of economic displacement of local communities living adjacent to protected areas, and we call for a concerted effort by conservationists and the social scientists who criticize conservation efforts, in order to measure the effects of protected areas on livelihoods, and to work towards a more socially responsible conservation paradigm.
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Rights: Copyright: © Curran et al. 2009. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use and distribution of the article, provided the original work is cited.

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