Community Conservation in Namibia: Empowering the Poor with Property Rights

8 Pages Posted: 6 Jun 2011

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Karol Boudreaux

Independent

Fred Nelson

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Date Written: June 2011

Abstract

This paper examines the Community Based Natural Resource Management Programme in Namibia. It finds that the policy of transferring property rights to natural resources from the state to local communities has brought significant economic and environmental benefits. Though the system has been quite successful, there are lingering weaknesses. These include an incomplete devolution of management and use rights, problems related to human–wildlife conflict and continuing concerns with land tenure insecurity.

Keywords: Conservation, Namibia, natural resources, property rights, wildlife

Suggested Citation

Boudreaux, Karol and Nelson, Fred, Community Conservation in Namibia: Empowering the Poor with Property Rights (June 2011). Economic Affairs, Vol. 31, Issue 2, pp. 17-24, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1857319 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0270.2011.02096.x

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