Problems of public participation in the Ramsar CEPA programme at the Tana Delta, Kenya

Karanja, Joseph M., Matsui, Kenichi and Saito, Osamu, (2017). Problems of public participation in the Ramsar CEPA programme at the Tana Delta, Kenya. Wetlands Ecology and Management, 1-11

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    Author Karanja, Joseph M.
    Matsui, Kenichi
    Saito, Osamu
    Title Problems of public participation in the Ramsar CEPA programme at the Tana Delta, Kenya
    Appearing in Wetlands Ecology and Management
    Publication Date 2017-12-08
    Place of Publication Online
    Publisher Springer Netherlands
    Start page 1
    End page 11
    Language eng
    Abstract This research examines the problems of public participation in conserving a Ramsar site at the Tana Delta in southeastern Kenya. Given no participation of the public in government initiatives so far, we attempted to find out what had prevented local people from cooperating with responsible government bodies. Using empirical evidence that we obtained from fieldworks, questionnaire surveys, and workshops, we found that the low participation was not mainly due to local people’s unwillingness to conserve natural resources. Instead, we found that they were strongly interested in wetland resources conservation as long as their customary rights to governing resources are sufficiently recognized. We also documented how these local people managed their resources. The Kenya Wildlife Service and the National Museum of Kenya are the main government bodies to promote public participation, but we found that these agencies had not done effective communication works among local people. Our survey then clarified what sources of information can be most effective in communicating with local people in the Tana Delta. Finally, we discuss how the problems of public participation can be solved or reduced.
    Keyword CEPA
    Public participation
    Ramsar sites
    Tana Delta
    Wetlands conservation
    Copyright Holder Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
    Copyright Year 2017
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    DOI 10.1007/s11273-017-9589-0
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