La importancia de la escala territorial en los análisis de conservación de la biodiversidad y explotación de los recursos naturales: Una discusión a partir del Parque Nacional Korup (Camerún)

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We discuss in this paper the relevance of the territorial scalar approach in the analysis of biodiversity conservation and natural resource exploitation. We do this by using an empirical case study focused on the use of the forest ecosystems by diverse stakeholders in Korup region, South West Cameroon.
Our aim is to contextualize biodiversity conservation in Korup National Park in a larger territorial/environmental context of transformations resulting from natural resource exploitation in the Korup region. We do this by moving between two territorial scales, a local and a regional one. The local scale refers in this study to the Korup park and its buffer zone, while the regional one expands to focus on the Korup region, where the park is located.
We claim that any analysis and policy of biodiversity conservation in parks cannot be done without considering the regional context of territorial/environmental transformation. In addition, the analysis shows that, increasingly, the global scale is necessary to consider in order to understand transformations in regional and local environments.


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  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary


  • biodiversity, nature conservation, Cameroon, natural resources exploitation, scale, natural parks, biology conservation
Translated title of the contributionThe notion of territorial scale and its relevance for the analysis of biodiversity conservation and natural resource exploitation: A debate around the Korup National Park (Cameroon)
Original languageSpanish
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Dec 5
Publication categoryResearch
EventXII RAM Reunión de Antropología del Mercosur: Experiencias etnográficas: desafíos y acciones para el siglo 21 - Universidad Nacional de Misiones, Posadas, Argentina
Duration: 2017 Dec 42017 Dec 7
Conference number: 12


ConferenceXII RAM Reunión de Antropología del Mercosur
Abbreviated titleXII RAM
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