Policy ForumConservation

Sustaining Natural and Human Capital: Villagers and Scientists

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Science  19 Mar 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5409, pp. 1855-1856
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5409.1855

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Community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) is a rural development paradigm that combines biological conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. In southern Africa, CBNRM has contributed to the wellbeing of human communities and to the conservation of elephants and other threatened species. Success in this arena requires the establishment of a respectful partnership between villagers and scientists that draws upon their complementary knowledge and skills.