Jim Igoe

Jim Igoe is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado at Denver. He received his doctorate in sociocultural anthropology from Boston University in 1999. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in the Arusha region of Tanzania. His research has focused on the formation of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in pastoral communities in general, and the impact of NGOs on Maasai and Barabaig ethnic communities in particular, as well as the complexities of the interaction of international, national and local agendas. Additional research focused on the implementation of community-based conservation projects and the relationship of local people to national parks. Igoe's current teaching and research interests include human ecosystems and the limits of the western conservation models; community ecological anthropology; community conservation; developmental anthropology with an emphasis on NGOs; and the history of anthropological

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Working Papers in African Studies
Extract Author: Jim Igoe
Extract Date: 1999

Roadblocks to Community Conservation in Tanzania: A Case Study from Simanjiro District

WP 218 (1999) ($4.00)

Extract ID: 4413

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Chatty, Dawn and Colchester, Marcus (Editors) Conservation and Mobile Indigenous Peoples: Displacement, Forced Settlement and Sustainable Development
Extract Author: Jim Igoe
Page Number: Chapter 5
Extract Date: 2002

National Parks and Human Ecosystems:

The Challenge to Community Conservation. A Case Study from Simanjiro, Tanzania

Community conservation initiatives in Tanzania claim to give rural Tanzanians direct control of natural resources, thereby creating incentives for sustainable resource management at the community level. In practice, however, the agendas of international conservation organizations, private tour companies, and state elites dominate these programmes. The primary objective of Tanzanian community conservation is currently to enroll local people in the protection of national parks. Ironically, the institutional legacy of national parks plays a central role in the very problems that proponents of community conservation are trying to solve. As colonial institutions, national parks in East Africa were gazetted without regard for local resource management systems, or even the seasonal migration of resident wildlife. This chapter considers the ecological, economic, and social problems that national parks have caused throughout East Africa, taking into account structural adjustment programmes which facilitate the wholesale alienation of natural resources from local users.

20 pages, 6 figures

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2004 Publishes: Igoe, Jim Conservation and Globalization - A Study of National Parks and Indigenous Communities from East Africa to South Dakota

Extract ID: 4407