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Strategic Opportunism: What Works in Africa Twelve Fundamentals for Conservation Success

By: Brian John Huntley(Author)
115 pages, 32 colour & 14 b/w illustrations
Publisher: Springer Nature
Strategic Opportunism: What Works in Africa
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  • Strategic Opportunism: What Works in Africa ISBN: 9783031248825 Paperback Mar 2023 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 1-2 weeks
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This book provides a synthesis of six projects, across ten countries, each of which have been sustained for two or more decades, and which illustrate how success can be achieved regardless of systems of governance, of a nation's wealth, or of culture. Detailed narratives are presented on the key personalities that have conceived, conducted and concluded long-term projects: personal stories of vision, failure, frustration and persistence ultimately leading to success.

The case studies vary widely in their geography and goals. The single-handed commitment to re-discover the last surviving populations of Giant Sable in the miombo woodlands of central Angola, through the capture, translocation and establishment of robust breeding herds of this magnificent antelope, contrasts with the massively funded, three-decade programme with over one hundred participants that reversed the annual loss to predation by feral cats of 455,000 seabirds from a sub-Antarctic island. Similarly, the foresight of Zimbabwean and Namibian ecologists to place rural communities at the centre of conservation programmes by giving value to wildlife populations and benefits to local people, transformed a land degradation problem to a socio-ecological solution. Across ten countries, building capacity in botanical collection, documentation and herbarium management expanded into a global project to place the knowledge base of Africa's flora onto an electronic data system accessible to researchers and conservation planners in even the most remote corners of the continent. None of these projects enjoyed immediate results. Each required leadership skills that combined vision, a generosity of spirit, fortuitous timing and the exploitation of unexpected opportunities.


Part l. Background
Chapter 1. Introduction: Success is Possible
Chapter 2. Strategic Opportunism: A Pragmatic Approach to Conservation in Africa

Part ll. Strategic Opportunism in Action: Six Stories of Success
Chapter 3. Angolan Giant Sable: Rediscovery, Rescue and Recovery
Chapter 4. Marion Island: Birds, Cats, Mice and Men
Chapter 5. Gorongosa National Park: Wilderness, War and Wildlife Recovery
Chapter 6. Overcoming the Taxonomic Impediment: SABONET and the African Plants Initiative
Chapter 7. Building Biodiversity Knowledge: Mobilising Citizen Science
Chapter 8. Bridging the Gap: Community Conservancies in Namibia and Zimbabwe

Part lll: Conclusion
Chapter 9. Twelve Fundamentals for Conservation Success

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Brian John Huntley is a South African ecologist with wide experience in the planning and development of national parks, botanical gardens and multi-disciplinary research programmes in southern African countries. He has led major multi-national cooperative research and conservation programmes to success. Following retirement as director of the South African National Biodiversity Institute, has served as advisor to international agencies within the UN system.


By: Brian John Huntley(Author)
115 pages, 32 colour & 14 b/w illustrations
Publisher: Springer Nature
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