n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Omgewingsbewaring in 'n nuwe era : 'n nis vir die geestes- en sosiale wetenskappe

Volume 43, Issue 3_4
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


Developing nations, including South Africa, are increasingly confronted with a range of limitations and problems associated with conventional approaches to the conservation of national parks and other protected areas. Recent approaches to environmental conservation emphasise the necessity of an integrated management approach that addresses the larger diversity of both natural and social environmental challenges. The new conservation paradigm, however, poses several challenges to environmental managers for which they are not always equipped, being trained primarily as natural scientists. Using the Qwaqwa National Park as a case study, this article argues that the social sciences and humanities have a vital role to play as partners in the new environmental conservation paradigm. This role applies not only to the training of environmental managers, but also to the practical implementation and monitoring of conservation programmes.

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