Assessing Successful Land Claims and the Efficacy of Co-Management in Protected Areas

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Zikho Qwatekana
Nozipho Prudence Sibiya


The aim of this paper is to assess successful land claims as well as the efficacy of co-management in striking a balance between community land rights with the goals of conservation for tourism. The study adopted a qualitative approach, using a case of a successful land claim in the Tala Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal Province. A purposive sample was selected from the claimant community and semi-structured interviews were used to collect data. The findings reflect that co-management may be a logical approach to involving local communities in the management of protected areas. However, as a model used to address land claims by reconciling the necessity of conservation for tourism purposes with land rights, its efficacy remains in doubt. This study thus concludes that unless there is a reassessment of the co-management model and the role of the government in providing post settlement support, the rights of successful claimants will not be realised. It is essential that the government recognizes that sufficient time, support, and resources are fundamental to the success of co-management projects.

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Qwatekana, Z., & Sibiya, N. (2020). Assessing Successful Land Claims and the Efficacy of Co-Management in Protected Areas. African Journal of Governance & Development, 9(2), 543-564. Retrieved from
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Zikho Qwatekana, Durban University of Technology

Zikho Qwatekana is an Ecotourism lecturer for the Department of Ecotourism at the Durban University of Technology in Riverside campus, Pietermaritzburg. Her interest is in community based tourism and she has worked on various projects reIated to Community capacity building in Tourism Initiatives. 

Nozipho Prudence Sibiya, Durban University of Technology

Nozipho Prudence Sibiya  Tourism Management lecturer for the department of Hospitality and Tourism at Durban University of Technology, Durban campus. she's passionate about Ecotourism Development, her previous work includes studies relating to  ecotourism and poverty alleviation. She has worked at as an eco-tourism lecturer for over 15 years.