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Beautiful Beasts, Beautiful Lands The Fall and Rise of an African National Park

By: Mark Infield(Author)
240 pages, 80 colour photos, 1 colour map
Beautiful Beasts, Beautiful Lands
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  • Beautiful Beasts, Beautiful Lands ISBN: 9781849955621 Paperback Jun 2024 In stock
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When Lake Mburo National Park in Uganda was created in 1983, thousands lost their land and livelihoods. Three years later people reclaimed the land and set out to destroy the park and its wildlife. Reduced in size and settled throughout, the park seemed lost. This was the challenge faced by Mark Infield on arrival in Uganda as a young conservationist. A programme of recovery over a 10-year period proposed and implemented by the author and colleagues in Uganda National Parks used community conservation approaches, and today the park is saved and visited by thousands. With this project as its primary focus, Beautiful Beasts, Beautiful Lands looks back at Mark's 30 years in conservation and asks the questions 'What really works?' and 'Why?'

This is a personal account of the author's 30 years work in nature conservation, focused on the rise and fall and rise again of this national park. Despite this and other successes, and while lands under conservation increase, the natural world continues to wane. Local support is critical if national parks are to survive, and efforts over many years building links to communities must have more than a fleeting success – as this book amply demonstrates. After five years explaining to Bahima pastoralists who named the land Karo Karungi – the Beautiful Land – why the national park was important, the author finally thought to ask for their views. Their answers changed his thinking about the park, about working with communities, and about how and why to protect nature.

Beautiful Beasts, Beautiful Lands provides a commentary on nature conservation, casting light on its failures, and explaining why protected areas are stronger when based on local values than when based on financial worth. It puts forward a way of thinking that reaches out to ancient connections between people and nature, putting beauty and meaning firmly back at its centre.

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Mark Infield has worked extensively in Africa, Southeast Asia and Europe on the design and delivery of sustainable nature conservation and natural resources management. He was Senior Advisor, Ugandan Ministry of Water and Environment and Regional Director for Asia at Fauna & Flora International. He is currently Landscape Recovery Manager for Ashdown Forest, UK, is the author of Names of Ankole Cows and has several articles and papers published.

By: Mark Infield(Author)
240 pages, 80 colour photos, 1 colour map
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