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PhD Defence

The Management of the Matobo Hills in Zimbabwe: Perceptions on the Involvement and Use of Traditional Conservation Practices.

Tuesday 25 October 2016
Academy Building
Rapenburg 73
2311 GJ Leiden


Beginning in 1972 when the category of world heritage cultural landscapes was adopted by the World Heritage Committee, scholarly debates have ensued on how they could be based managed. One approach, which appears to have gained significance over the past two decades or so, is to consider the use of traditional conservation practices and the involvement of local indigenous communities in the management of cultural world heritage cultural landscapes.

To examine the efficacy of the approach, this book explores the concept of indigenous communities, the nature of the traditional conservation practices in the Matobo Hills cultural world heritage landscape in which the study was conducted as well as the management history of the area. Based on the perspectives of the indigenous people of the Matobo Hills, this study examines the extent to which traditional conservation practices and their involvement can be germane in the management of the world heritage cultural landscapes.


  • Prof. M.E.R.G. Jansen


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