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The Heritage Park model: A partnership approach to park expansion in poor rural areasAuthor(s): Charles Ndabeni; Maretha Shroyer; Willie Boonzaaier; Gabriel Mokgoko; Sam Mochine
Source: In: Watson, Alan; Sproull, Janet; Dean, Liese, comps. Science and stewardship to protect and sustain wilderness values: Eighth World Wilderness Congress symposium; September 30-October 6, 2005; Anchorage, AK. Proceedings RMRS-P-49. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 78-86
Publication Series: Proceedings (P)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionThe initiative to create a conservation corridor-the Heritage Park-linking the existing 62,000 ha (153,205 acre) Madikwe Game Reserve with the 49,000 ha (121,082 acre) Pilanesberg National Park, to form a 275,000 ha (679,540 acre) nature-based tourism anchor project and primary economic catalyst for a poor rural region, originated in 1999. An innovative park expansion model was required as the land linking the two successful parks belongs to tribal communities (land held in trust by the government for the communities), private landowners, and the state (agricultural land leases to local farmers). A national program of land redistribution, active mineral rights and land claims further complicate land matters. The North West Parks and Tourism Board identified the opportunity, assessed the potential, developed the concept, sold the vision to key stakeholders, partnered with them, and set up an institutional model to facilitate the establishment of the Heritage Park.
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CitationNdabeni, Charles; Shroyer, Maretha; Boonzaaier, Willie; Mokgoko, Gabriel; Mochine, Sam. 2007. The Heritage Park model: A partnership approach to park expansion in poor rural areas. In: Watson, Alan; Sproull, Janet; Dean, Liese, comps. Science and stewardship to protect and sustain wilderness values: Eighth World Wilderness Congress symposium; September 30-October 6, 2005; Anchorage, AK. Proceedings RMRS-P-49. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 78-86
Keywordswilderness, biodiversity, protected areas, economics, subsistence, tourism, traditional knowledge, community involvement, policy, stewardship, education, spiritual values
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