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Organising to Protect: Protecting Landscapes and Livelihoods in the Nicaraguan Hillsides

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dc.contributor.author Ravnborg, Helle Munk en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:58:53Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:58:53Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-05-13 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-05-13 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3243
dc.description.abstract "Social science literature on protected areas (PAs) has hitherto focused mostly upon how PAs have been designated at the expense of the interests of people living in and around the PA and how this has often resulted in conflict. However, there is a growing recognition that this dichotomised perception does not always adequately capture what is taking place in relation to PA establishment and management. Internal as well as external interests, viz-a-viz PA establishment and management are much more diverse and complex, and have to be understood in a wider context of interests and strategies not solely related to issues of conservation. This article reports a case from Nicaragua of small scale farmers struggling to have their area, Miraflor, declared a PA. Adopting a political ecology perspective, the article explores the underlying motives for this apparent paradox of farmers wanting to have their land recognised as a PA and thus accepting the potential restrictions on land use this entails. This article analyses how the formulation of the management plan for Miraflor as a PA, became the 'arena' for negotiation and alliance building between different segments of competing land users in Miraflor ranging from the virtually landless poor to the landed small scale farmers to the resourceful, largely absentee landowners; and how national and international external institutions-knowingly or not-were drawn into and took part in this negotiation. Hence, this article serves to illustrate the importance of recognising that this key instrument in PA management-the management plan-is much more than a technical document building on sound ecological principles. The issue at stake is not only protecting a landscape, but, perhaps more importantly, protecting livelihoods." en_US
dc.subject landscape change en_US
dc.subject livelihoods en_US
dc.subject political economy en_US
dc.subject poverty en_US
dc.subject resource management en_US
dc.subject protected areas en_US
dc.title Organising to Protect: Protecting Landscapes and Livelihoods in the Nicaraguan Hillsides en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.coverage.region Central America & Caribbean en_US
dc.coverage.country Nicaragua en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.subject.sector Land Tenure & Use en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Conservation and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 6 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 4 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth January en_US

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