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Bureaucratic Barriers Limit Local Participatory Governance in Protected Areas in Costa Rica

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dc.contributor.author Basurto, Xavier
dc.date.accessioned 2013-06-19T18:44:09Z
dc.date.available 2013-06-19T18:44:09Z
dc.date.issued 2013 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/8842
dc.description.abstract "The importance of local participation in biodiversity governance was recently recognised by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) through the incorporation of Indigenous Peoples' and Local Community Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCAs) as a protected area category. This paper explores what barriers ICCAs might face in their successful implementation within already existing protected area systems. I look at this issue in the context of the decentralisation of biodiversity governance in Costa Rica and examine the internal makeup of four different conservation areas within the National System of Conservation Areas. My findings suggest that it is not enough to enact legal reforms allowing and encouraging local participation. Successfully involving local participation requires attention to the class-based relationships within the protected area bureaucracy that create incentives (or not) to link with the local rural citizenry affected by these areas. In three out of four conservation areas, the dominant social class and urban-rural dynamics combined with a lack of accountability mechanisms have discouraged any real rural involvement and empowerment for decision-making. The strategy of the one area that succeeded at sorting these obstacles to incorporate local participation is described in detail." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject biodiversity en_US
dc.subject conservation en_US
dc.subject decentralization en_US
dc.subject governance and politics en_US
dc.subject CBRM en_US
dc.subject local participatory management en_US
dc.title Bureaucratic Barriers Limit Local Participatory Governance in Protected Areas in Costa Rica en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Central America & Caribbean en_US
dc.coverage.country Costa Rica en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Conservation and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 11 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 16-28 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 1 en_US

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