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

dc.contributor.authorBasurto, Xavier
dc.coverage.countryCosta Ricaen_US
dc.coverage.regionCentral America & Caribbeanen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-06-19T18:44:09Z
dc.date.available2013-06-19T18:44:09Z
dc.date.issued2013en_US
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.identifier.citationjournalConservation and Societyen_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber1en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages16-28en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume11en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10535/8842
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.subjectbiodiversityen_US
dc.subjectconservationen_US
dc.subjectdecentralizationen_US
dc.subjectgovernance and politicsen_US
dc.subjectCBRMen_US
dc.subjectlocal participatory managementen_US
dc.subject.sectorSocial Organizationen_US
dc.titleBureaucratic Barriers Limit Local Participatory Governance in Protected Areas in Costa Ricaen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.type.methodologyCase Studyen_US
dc.type.publishedpublisheden_US
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