9. Sustainable Conservation: Time for Africa to Rethink the Foundation

  1. Peter H. Raven3,
  2. Navjot S. Sodhi4 and
  3. Luke Gibson4
  1. Mwangi Githiru

Published Online: 12 JUL 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118679838.ch9

Conservation Biology : Voices from the Tropics

Conservation Biology : Voices from the Tropics

How to Cite

Githiru, M. (2013) Sustainable Conservation: Time for Africa to Rethink the Foundation, in Conservation Biology : Voices from the Tropics (eds P. H. Raven, N. S. Sodhi and L. Gibson), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118679838.ch9

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Missouri Botanical Garden

  2. 4

    National University of Singapore

Author Information

  1. Department of Zoology, National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 JUL 2013
  2. Published Print: 16 SEP 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470658635

Online ISBN: 9781118679838

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Keywords:

  • Africa;
  • biodiversity;
  • environment;
  • sustainable conservation;
  • wildlife foundation

Summary

In line with Maslow's hierarchy of needs, this chapter highlights the suggestion that we should strive to increase consumption and accelerate development in order to increase investment in conservation. Here, the author contends that this does not seem to augur well for Africa, and conservation advocacy based on these kinds of rationale shall not stand for the environment or biodiversity in the face of other competing interests. The author believes that what one needs in lieu, in Africa and perhaps elsewhere too, is a deeper recognition and agreement on why/what to conserve. One way of doing this is by changing the tactics at the global arena from hedgehogs to foxes, and, without disregarding the future, also by starting to look back rather than forward, which for people in Africa usually means to the west.