Stakeholders and governance in West African protected areas: how do they contribute to conservation?

pic1The study identifies the various types of governance of protected areas in West Africa by analyzing the role of each category of stakeholders and defining the main modes of official and/or real governance through concrete case studies in Benin, Burkina Faso and Senegal, and by conducting bibliographical reviews in several other West African countries.

The theoretical formulations of governance put forward by protected areas managers and their partners are compared to the real practices of governance, in their diversity and their relative weight in West Africa. This analysis allows, amongst others, identifying innovative practices, poorly represented or unknown, that might be a source of learning for the sub-region protected area managers.

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