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Simon Chiutsi & Jarkko Saarinen (2017) Local participation in transfrontier tourism: Case of Sengwe community in Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, Zimbabwe, Development Southern Africa, 34:3, 260-275, DOI: 10.1080/0376835X.2016.1259987

Local participation in transfrontier tourism : case of Sengwe community in Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, Zimbabwe

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Author: Chiutsi, Simon1,2; Saarinen, Jarkko1,3
Organizations: 1Tourism Management Division, Department of Marketing Management, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
2Botswana Accountancy College, Gaborone, Botswana
3Department of Geography, University ofOulu, Oulu, Finland
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2017
Publish Date: 2020-01-08


Transfrontier cross-border nature conservation has become a fashionable target in many parts of the world, including Southern Africa. Transfrontier conservation initiatives are considered to have great capacity for biodiversity conservation and sustainable tourism development by providing employment and revenue opportunities for poor people and communities. However, many previous studies have indicated that in spite of expectations and rhetoric there is often rather minimal community awareness and participation in conservation management, tourism economy and related opportunities. This study aims to discuss local people’s perceptions of community participation, opportunities and constraints in sustainable transfrontier tourism in south-eastern Lowveld, Zimbabwe. The results based on community interviews show that the people are aware of the potential role of tourism in improving livelihoods. The major challenge, however, is to address how this can be turned into concrete benefits for households and communities.

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Series: Development Southern Africa
ISSN: 0376-835X
ISSN-E: 1470-3637
ISSN-L: 0376-835X
Volume: 34
Issue: 3
Pages: 260 - 275
DOI: 10.1080/0376835X.2016.1259987
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 519 Social and economic geography
1171 Geosciences
Copyright information: © 2017 Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC). This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Development Southern Africa on 03 Jan 2017, available online: