Local participation in community conservation: Methodological contributions

Isabel Ruiz-Mallen, Antonio De La Penã, Maria Elena Méndez-Lopez, Luciana Porter-Bolland

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© 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York. All rights are reserved. Worldwide, the importance of local or community participation in decision-making regarding natural resource management for sustainable rural development and biodiversity conservation is increasingly recognized. The concept of participation and its meaning, however, is a contested topic among researchers, policymakers, planners, and stakeholders. Two main approaches stand out: normative and political. In this chapter, we discuss the methodological implications of both approaches by reviewing evidence from research on participation in protected area management and conservation. We also propose a multi-methodological approach for examining participation that describes and analyzes political interactions and power relationships among actors at different decision-making levels.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunity Action for Conservation: Mexican Experiences
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2013


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