Environmental Management

, Volume 52, Issue 6, pp 1533–1546

Integrating the Management of Ruaha Landscape of Tanzania with Local Needs and Preferences

  • Michel Masozera
  • Jon D. Erickson
  • Deana Clifford
  • Peter Coppolillo
  • Harrison G. Sadiki
  • Jonna K. Mazet
Article

Abstract

Sustainable management of landscapes with multiple competing demands such as the Ruaha Landscape is complex due to the diverse preferences and needs of stakeholder groups involved. This study uses conjoint analysis to assess the preferences of representatives from three stakeholder groups—local communities, district government officials, and non-governmental organizations—toward potential solutions of conservation and development tradeoffs facing local communities in the Ruaha Landscape of Tanzania. Results demonstrate that there is little consensus among stakeholders about the best development strategies for the Ruaha region. This analysis suggests a need for incorporating issues deemed important by these various groups into a development strategy that aims to promote conservation of the Ruaha Landscape and improve the livelihood of local communities.

Keywords

Africa Community-based conservation Community wildlife management associations Conjoint analysis National parks Ruaha Tanzania 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michel Masozera
    • 1
  • Jon D. Erickson
    • 2
  • Deana Clifford
    • 3
  • Peter Coppolillo
    • 4
  • Harrison G. Sadiki
    • 5
  • Jonna K. Mazet
    • 6
  1. 1.Widlife Conservation Society - Africa ProgramKigaliRwanda
  2. 2.Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural ResourcesUniversity of VermontBurlingtonUSA
  3. 3.California Department of Fish and GameWildlife Investigations LaboratoryRancho CordovaUSA
  4. 4.Working Dogs for ConservationBozemanUSA
  5. 5.PREDICT TanzaniaIringaUnited Republic of Tanzania
  6. 6.Wildlife Health Center, School of Veterinary MedicineUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA

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