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The establishment of large private nature reserves by conservation NGOs: key factors for successful implementation


Pasquini, L and Fitzsimons, JA and Cowell, S and Brandon, K and Wescott, G, The establishment of large private nature reserves by conservation NGOs: key factors for successful implementation, Oryx: Journal of Fauna and Flora International, 45, (3) pp. 373-380. ISSN 0030-6053 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1017/S0030605310000876


Private nature reserves created by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are increasing, and their growing number and extent means that they can potentially contribute to biodiversity goals at a global scale. However, the success of these reserves depends on the legal, economic and institutional conditions framing their creation and management. We explored these conditions, and the opportunities and challenges facing conservation organizations in managing private nature reserves, across several countries, with an emphasis on Australia. Results from 17 semi-structured interviews with representatives of private conservation organizations indicated that while private reserves may enhance the conservation estate, challenges remain. Legal frameworks, especially tenure and economic laws, vary across and within countries, presenting conservation organizations with significant opportunities or constraints to owning and/or managing private nature reserves. Many acquired land without strategic acquisition procedures and secured funding for property acquisition but not management, affecting the long-term maintenance of properties. Other typical problems were tied to the institutional capacity of the organizations. Greater planning within organizations, especially financial planning, is required and NGOs must understand opportunities and constraints present in legislative frameworks at the outset. Organizations must establish their expertise gaps and address them. To this end, partnerships between organizations and/or with government can prove critical.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:conservation covenants, land acquisition, management costs, NGO, private nature reserve
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental policy, legislation and standards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Cowell, S (Mr Stuart Cowell)
UTAS Author:Wescott, G (Mr Geoffrey Wescott)
ID Code:117198
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:43
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2017-06-02
Last Modified:2017-09-01

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