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Guidelines for the formation of a community conservation and eco-tourist site on the KwaNibela Peninsula - KwaZulu-Natal

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dc.contributor.advisor Dr. J.F. Durand en_US
dc.contributor.author Van Meygaarden, Gerard Lambert
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-12T10:15:27Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-12T10:15:27Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09-12
dc.date.submitted 2007-10
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/7639
dc.description M.Sc. en_US
dc.description.abstract KwaNibela Peninsula is situated directly adjacent to the World Heritage Site of Lake St. Lucia, and lies between the northern parts of False Bay and Lake St. Lucia. The community of KwaNibela is not unlike many other rural communities in Africa, found in pristine areas with very little development having taken place over the years. However the pristine environment of KwaNibela is under threat from the community themselves, through excessive hunting, slash and burn bush clearing, the encroachment of alien plant species, and various uncontrolled forms of harvesting from the bush. Around the world eco-tourism has been seen as a way to sustainably fund conservation and benefit the local communities. For the conservation of the sand forests and surrounding wetland areas of KwaNibela it is necessary for the local people to see the benefit of conserving the area in their everyday life. Ecotourism has been investigated as the solution to conservation problems at KwaNibela. However it should not be neglected that for hundreds of years the people of KwaNibela have been harvesting from the bush and it is a part of their everyday life, so sustainable ways of using the natural resources in the surrounding area are also being looked at. A plan to demarcate a conservancy area is put forward and to allow limited harvesting and promote and develop tourism in that area. The education of the local community is also of paramount importance to the progression of the project, right from primary school level to the adult community members. The tourism potential of the area is immense; but depends on the development of the right infrastructure and skills to make it a success. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Ecotourism -- South Africa -- KwaZulu-Natal en_US
dc.subject Wildlife conservation -- South Africa -- KwaZulu-Natal en_US
dc.subject Biodiversity conservation -- South Africa -- KwaZulu-Natal en_US
dc.subject Environmental protection -- South Africa -- KwaZulu-Natal en_US
dc.title Guidelines for the formation of a community conservation and eco-tourist site on the KwaNibela Peninsula - KwaZulu-Natal en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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