Conservation and Society

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Year
: 2012  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 354--366

«DQ»The White Men Bought the Forests«DQ»: Conservation and Contestation in Guinea-Bissau, Western Africa


Marina Padrão Temudo 
 Tropical Research Institute, Lisbon, Portugal and African Studies Center, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

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Marina Padrão Temudo
Tropical Research Institute, Lisbon, Portugal and African Studies Center, University of Oxford
United Kingdom

Both fortress and community-based approaches to conservation have shown poor (sometimes negative) results in terms of environmental protection and poverty reduction. Either approach can also trigger grassroots resistance. This article is centered on an allegedly «SQ»community-based«SQ» conservation and development project (and its successive follow-ups) intended to create a national park in Guinea-Bissau. It discusses how external agents have constructed the need for intervention, and explores the negative consequences of the practical solutions adopted for a non-existing problem, as well as the on-going shifting and multiple responses of local people. The article aims to demonstrate that supposedly community-based approaches can be as authoritarian and ineffective as fortress conservation, and that resistance generated by them can be fruitless in terms of collective empowerment and welfare, while also being harmful for the environment. The only genuine winner is the aid industry.


How to cite this article:
Temudo MP. "The White Men Bought the Forests": Conservation and Contestation in Guinea-Bissau, Western Africa.Conservat Soc 2012;10:354-366


How to cite this URL:
Temudo MP. "The White Men Bought the Forests": Conservation and Contestation in Guinea-Bissau, Western Africa. Conservat Soc [serial online] 2012 [cited 2019 Dec 6 ];10:354-366
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