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    Author(s): John M. Crowson
    Date: 2011
    Source: In: Watson, Alan; Murrieta-Saldivar, Joaquin; McBride, Brooke, comps. Science and stewardship to protect and sustain wilderness values: Ninth World Wilderness Congress symposium; November 6-13, 2009; Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Proceedings RMRS-P-64. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 53-56.
    Publication Series: Proceedings (P)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    On 8 April 2005, the first Joint Management Committee meeting was held at Qacha's Nek, Lesotho. This was to ensure co-operative management through joint management. The formation of a Joint Management Committee was part of the Bilateral Maloti Drakensberg Transfrontier Project agreement and consisted of officials from the Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Culture (Lesotho), Ezemvelo KwaZulu Natal Wildlife (South Africa) and assisted by the Maloti Drakensberg Transfrontier Project and the Peace Parks Foundation. The formation of a Transfrontier Park (TFP) could possibly pave the way for the establishment of a Transfrontier World Heritage Site (WHS), which would be invaluable when sourcing external sources of funding for projects. The principal challenge that faces the TFP is that, historically, insufficient financial and human resources have been allocated to the individual parks, thereby reducing the level of management effectiveness. The joint declaration of the TFP brings in an era of bilateral governance in support of this initiative. This initiative should progressively capacitate the TFP to a point where its globally significant natural and cultural heritage is effectively managed, its integrity secured, and a flow of benefits to surrounding communities optimized.

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    Crowson, John M. 2011. Maloti Drakensberg Transfrontier Park joint management: Sehlabathebe National Park (Lesotho) and the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site (South Africa). In: Watson, Alan; Murrieta-Saldivar, Joaquin; McBride, Brooke, comps. Science and stewardship to protect and sustain wilderness values: Ninth World Wilderness Congress symposium; November 6-13, 2009; Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Proceedings RMRS-P-64. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 53-56.

    Keywords

    wilderness, biodiversity, conservation, protected areas, economics, subsistence, tourism, traditional knowledge, community involvement, policy, stewardship, education, spiritual values, Maloti Drakensberg Transfrontier Park, Sehlabathebe National Park, uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site

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