The Ragged Edge of the World: Encounters at the Frontier by Eugene Linden

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By Eugene Linden

A pioneering paintings of environmental journalism that vividly depicts the folk, animals and landscapes at the entrance traces of change's inexorable march.

A species nearing extinction, a tribe wasting centuries of wisdom, a tract of woodland dealing with the 1st incursion of humans-how do we even start to determine the price of wasting lots of our traditional and cultural legacy?

For 40 years, environmental journalist and writer Eugene Linden has traveled to the very websites the place culture, wildlands and the numerous forces of modernity collide. In The Ragged fringe of the World, he's taking us from pygmy forests to the Antarctic to the world's so much pristine rainforest within the Congo to inform the tale of the damage taking place-and the winning upkeep efforts-in the world's final wild places.

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In other countries, individual professionals or small groups played significant roles in innovation, with two individuals for example drafting the changes in Namibian legislation that subsequently provided the policy environment for an effective national CBNRM programme. Regional learning networks, including the SARCCUS and the SASUSG, were important mechanisms in accelerating innovation. Many park agencies lost innovative capacity following Independence, when they increased employment many-fold without any increase in budget, and shifted towards political rather than technical conservation agendas (see Gibson 1999; Grindle and Thomas, 1991), lost key professional staff and came to rely more on a proliferation of donor projects, NGOs and consultants.

In order to illuminate some of these major transformations, three examples are presented, each from a different era and established in different parts of the country. Transformations in protected area philosophy Over more than a century, the world’s national parks have evolved to reflect changing ideas around environmental conservation and management, and 3359 EARTH Evo&Inno in Wildlife 12/11/08 3:05 PM Page 36 36 Evolution and Innovation in Wildlife Conservation these and other objectives have altered in specific historical contexts.

By 2000, Zambia’s national parks had probably lost 80–90 per cent of their original wildlife (unpublished aerial surveys) and several were being encroached by agriculture. Only South Luangwa (60 per cent of carrying capacity) and Mosi-ao-Tunya (heavily overstocked) retained anything like their original wildlife. In desperation, a plethora of experiments began to ‘bubble up’. In the mid-1980s several CBNRM programmes were established in and around national parks including ADMADE and Luangwa Integrated Resource Development Project.

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