Moutonshoek Protected Environment
© Dale R. Wright

Recent research from South Africa about challenges and opportunities for Privately Protected Areas and Biodiversity Stewardship

The research targeted practitioners and included a series of focus group discussions and an online questionnaire. While the research was done in South Africa, the lessons learnt are applicable world wide.

Recommendations arising from this research are structured into four major themes: enhancing government–NGO collaboration; landowner partnerships; personnel capacity; and financial opportunities. A logic model to guide government–NGO collaboration is presented, along with a typology of the benefits and support mechanisms available to landowners involved in biodiversity stewardship. PLC initiatives must remain flexible in order to respond to changing socio- economic conditions. This research is intended to help facilitate such flexibility in private land conservation and privately protected area programmes.

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