TNRC Partner Resource U4 The conservation-corruption conundrum: Understanding everyday relationships between rangers and communities
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The conservation-corruption conundrum: Understanding everyday relationships between rangers and communities
Rangers are at the frontline of biodiversity conservation, with a unique role bridging the human-nature divide through their work protecting wildlife and habitats, on the one hand, and engaging with local communities, on the other. Forest and wildlife use, along with conservation policies and their implementation, are shaped through everyday interactions between rangers and communities. These interactions may reflect a context in which corruption is commonplace and may even involve actions that can be seen as corrupt, but the reality behind such actions is complex and merits greater attention as policy responses are developed. This paper from TNRC partner the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre offers a look at how understanding the range of demands and pressures on rangers, especially in the context of corruption or conflict, can inform policy and practice to reduce the negative impact of corruption on conservation and natural resource management.
Image attribution: © naturepl.com / Jen Guyton / WWF; © Brian J. Skerry / National Geographic Stock / WWF; © Georgina Goodwin / Shoot The Earth / WWF-UK; © Hkun Lat / WWF-Aus