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Transfrontier Conservation Areas: People living on the Edge

This book, co-edited by FCRN member Ken Giller, discusses the impact of transfrontier conservation areas (TFCAs) in southern Africa on the populations that were displaced by these projects. TFCAs were based on a promise to simultaneously contribute to global biodiversity conservation initiatives, regional peace and integration, and the sustainable socio-economic development of rural communities. Cross-border collaboration and eco-tourism became seen as the vehicles of this promise, which would enhance regional peace and stability. However, as these highly political projects took shape, conservation and development policymaking progressively shifted from the national to regional and global arenas, and the peoples most affected by TFCA formation tended to disappear from view.

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This book, co-edited by FCRN member Ken Giller, discusses the impact of transfrontier conservation areas (TFCAs) in southern Africa on the populations that were displaced by these projects. TFCAs were based on a promise to simultaneously contribute to global biodiversity conservation initiatives, regional peace and integration, and the sustainable socio-economic development of rural communities. Cross-border collaboration and eco-tourism became seen as the vehicles of this promise, which would enhance regional peace and stability. However, as these highly political projects took shape, conservation and development policymaking progressively shifted from the national to regional and global arenas, and the peoples most affected by TFCA formation tended to disappear from view.

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The 54 countries in Africa – from the dry northern African nations, through those in deserts and rainforests, all the way to the temperate parts of South Africa – are hugely varied in their ethnic, cultural, climatic, geographic, and economic aspects. The continent’s population of over a billion inhabitants, with a median age of 19.7 years, is the youngest in the world. Due to both its localised epidemics of hunger and its huge untapped agricultural potential, Sub-Saharan Africa specifically is a key focus area for many NGOs and development agencies interested in food production and security.

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