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By: Christine J Walley
308 pages, 2 b/w photos, 2 illus
Explores one of the most crucial problems of the contemporary era - struggles over access to, and use of, the environment. It focuses on the Mafia Island Marine Park, a national park in Tanzania that became the centre of political conflict during its creation in the mid-1990s. The park, reflecting a new generation of internationally sponsored projects, was designed to encourage environmental conservation as well as development. The book details the day-to-day tensions and alliances that arose among Mafia residents, Tanzanian government officials, and representatives of international organizations, as each group attempted to control and define the park. Walley's analysis argues that a technocentric approach to conservation and development can work to the detriment of both poorer people and the environment.
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