Struggles over conservation space: Social justice in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa

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“We are not free in this area.”

This is what the iNduna, a traditional leader at KwaDapha, shared with me when we first met in August 2011. KwaDapha is a small rural community at Bhanga Nek, Kosi Bay, in northern KwaZulu-Natal/Maputaland – one of the most scenic areas on the South African coastline. Kosi Bay falls within the Coastal Forest Reserve section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a state-led ‘development for conservation’ project, and UNESCO World Heritage site. The iNduna was referring to conflicts over conservation space, since the proclamation of the park in 2000. Conflicts over fencing have led to local people ignoring rules for access, cutting fences and even burning down gates – illustrating local concerns with delimited access to natural resources inside the park. Local people, who have been engaged in unauthorized tourism development at KwaDapha, have been faced with both civil and criminal court action taken by the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority. This thesis discusses social justice in protected area conservation in South Africa, through a focus on state power in its relational engagement with local space. Ultimately, processes that help to explain why the South African government is not living up to the promise of social justice in protected area conservation – are explored.


  • Melissa Hansen
Enheter & grupper

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Tvärvetenskapliga studier


Tilldelande institution
Handledare/Biträdande handledare
  • Stefan Anderberg, handledare
Tilldelningsdatum2014 feb 27
  • Lund University
Tryckta ISBN978-91-979832-4-2
StatusPublished - 2014


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