ON-Lion Letter
In the 1980s, "support grew for greater local community involvement in wildlife management as a means of pursuing both conservation and rural development goals" in Tanzania, but the "devolutionary reform processes that were conceptualised by donor and [non-governmental organization] supporters of [community wildlife management (CWM)] in the mid-1990s have not materialized," according to a new report backed by the Sand County Foundation's (SCF's) Bradley Fund for the Environment.

"The outcomes of over a decade of CWM in Tanzania reflect broader internal political struggles over land rights, resource governance, and participation in policy formulation, as well as challenges facing efforts to devolve natural resource management to local communities throughout the tropics," writes Fred Nelson in Emergent or illusory?:  Community wildlife management in Tanzania, published by the International Institute for Environment and Development in London. 

From 2000 to 2005, Nelson worked with SCF's Community Based Conservation Network to create its Tanzania program.  He recently completed a master's degree in resource policy and behavior at the University of Michigan.

"CWM needs to be approached as part of a broader social process of building local rights and access to resources through institutional reforms, rather than as a project-based or technical assistance strategy with short time horizons," he concludes.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation supports the Madison, Wis.-based SCF's Bradley Fund.
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