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Spatial competition and the new governance framework in Mabibi (Maputaland): implications for development

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The evolution of the demarcation of the political territories in South Africa has resulted in spatial competition between political structures, conservation authorities and local communities. The current multi-governance policies are attempting to overcome the problems created by the political structures of the apartheid era – during which time the declaration of natural areas for conservation resulted in forced removals and negative perceptions of conservation. The case study of Mabibi, within the confines of the Maputaland coast, is a typical example that reflects the history of the past and the conflicts of the present.
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Keywords: Maputaland; South Africa; conservation; governance; spatial competition; territorial demarcation

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement), PO Box 542, Newtown 2113, Johannesburg, South Africa

Publication date: 01 March 2002

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