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The Role of Values in a Community-Based Conservation Initiative in Northern Ghana

Lance W. Robinson and Kwame Ampadu Sasu

Environmental Values 22 (2013): 647-664. doi: 10.3197/096327113X13745164553914


In this paper we demonstrate the importance of non-economic values to community-based conservation by presenting findings from research into Kunlog Community Resource Management Area (CREMA) in northern Ghana. One of the central motivations for creating the CREMA was to reinforce a traditional taboo on bushbuck, and while some respondents mentioned the possibility of eventually attracting tourists, the primary desire behind the CREMA is to protect bushbuck and other wildlife for future generations. Several respondents emphasised wanting children and grandchildren to be able to grow up seeing the wildlife. Material benefits should not be the sole focus of those involved in promoting and legislating frameworks for community-based conservation - frameworks such as Ghana's CREMA policy. Government frameworks for the creation, registration and regulation of conservation initiatives should be flexible and able to accommodate diverse community-based conservation initiatives driven from a variety of mixes of motivations, including motivations deriving from non-material values.


Community-based conservation; Ghana; indigenous and community-conserved areas; protected areas; taboos; values

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Humans Valuing Nature: Synthesising Insights from Philosophy, Psychology and Economics. Michael Lockwood

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Editorial: Equity, Ethics and Evidence in Environmental Governance. Claudia Carter

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