FINANCING SOUTHERN AFRICAN NATIONAL PARKS
Associate Professor Edwin Muchapondwa, Director, School of Economics, University of Cape Town
Despite the centrality of African parks and other protected areas, nature-based tourism income generates only a fraction of what is needed to sustain and run the parks. For this reason, they have mostly relied on fiscal transfers from the state to fund their conservation activities. However, calls for governments to focus on other important national objectives, such as poverty reduction and enhancement of economic development has increased the competition for national parks and other protected areas in securing funds from the state. The result has been a general decrease in funds for conservation, threatening the existence of national parks and other protected areas. Consequently there is an enormous amount of pressure on park agencies to consider alternative financing mechanisms. This lunch-time lecture will discuss what the national park agencies in southern Africa could do to generate more revenue.
Course code: 1014
Date & time: Tuesday 21 January 1.00 pm
Tickets are on sale at the door only if seats are available: R86,00; staff & reduced (on production of cards): R45,00.