From hope to crisis and back again? A critical history of the global CBNRM narrative

Dressler, Wolfram, Buscher, Bram, Schoon, Michael, Brockington, Dan, Hayes, Tanya, Kull, Christian A., McCarthy, James and Shrestha, Krishna (2010) From hope to crisis and back again? A critical history of the global CBNRM narrative. Environmental Conservation, 37 1: 5-15. doi:10.1017/S0376892910000044

Author Dressler, Wolfram
Buscher, Bram
Schoon, Michael
Brockington, Dan
Hayes, Tanya
Kull, Christian A.
McCarthy, James
Shrestha, Krishna
Title From hope to crisis and back again? A critical history of the global CBNRM narrative
Journal name Environmental Conservation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0376-8929
Publication date 2010-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0376892910000044
Volume 37
Issue 1
Start page 5
End page 15
Total pages 11
Editor Nicolas V C Polunin
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject C1
960699 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation not elsewhere classified
960604 Environmental Management Systems
050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
050209 Natural Resource Management
Abstract Community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) has been on the ascendancy for several decades and plays a leading role in conservation strategies worldwide. Arriving out of a desire to rectify the human costs associated with coercive conservation, CBNRM sought to return the stewardship of biodiversity and natural resources to local communities through participation, empowerment and decentralization. Today, however, scholars and practitioners suggest that CBNRM is experiencing a crisis of identity and purpose, with even the most positive examples experiencing only fleeting success due to major deficiencies. Six case studies from around the world offer a history of how and why the global CBNRM narrative has unfolded over time and space. While CBNRM emerged with promise and hope, it often ended in less than ideal outcomes when institutionalized and reconfigured in design and practice. Nevertheless, despite the current crisis, there is scope for refocusing on the original ideals of CBNRM: ensuring social justice, material well-being and environmental integrity. Copyright © 2010 Foundation for Environmental Conservation.
Keyword Community-based
Resource management
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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