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Ngoni Courage Shereni & Jarkko Saarinen (2021) Community perceptions on the benefits and challenges of community-based natural resources management in Zimbabwe, Development Southern Africa, 38:6, 879-895, DOI: 10.1080/0376835X.2020.1796599

Community perceptions on the benefits and challenges of community-based natural resources management in Zimbabwe

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Author: Shereni, Ngoni Courage1,2; Saarinen, Jarkko2,3
Organizations: 1Department of Accounting and Finance, Lupane State University, Lupane, Zimbabwe
2School of Tourism and Hospitality, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
3Department of Geography, University of Oulu, Finland
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2020
Publish Date: 2022-03-02


Community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) emphasises the role and benefits of local communities in order to promote a sustainable utilisation of natural resources. This study aims to identify and analyse the locally perceived benefits and challenges of CBNRM practices in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. A specific focus is on Communal Area Management Programme for Indigenous Resources (CAMPFIRE), which has faced challenges due to changes in the political and economic environment in the country. The findings based on a household survey from three wards adjacent to Hwange National Park suggest that community members have negative perceptions on CAMPFIRE largely due to their non-involvement in the decision-making and management of the natural resources. The community members do expect to gain benefits from CAMPFIRE but they do not perceive and experience receiving any. Therefore, they consider facing mainly challenges from the Park, emanating from the current inefficiencies of CAMPFIRE.

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Series: Development Southern Africa
ISSN: 0376-835X
ISSN-E: 1470-3637
ISSN-L: 0376-835X
Volume: 38
Issue: 6
Pages: 879 - 895
DOI: 10.1080/0376835X.2020.1796599
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 519 Social and economic geography
Funding: This work was supported by Lupane State University: [Grant Number RB 03/26/18].
Copyright information: © 2020 Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC). This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Development Southern Africaon 29 Jul 2020, available online: