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Knut G Nustad Examines South Africa’s First Unesco World Heritage Site in Creating Africas

Creating AfricasComing soon from UKZN Press, Creating Africas: Struggles Over Nature, Conservation and Land by Knut G Nustad:

In Africa, conflicts between protected areas for fauna and flora and their surrounding human populations continue despite years spent trying to find an accommodation between the needs of both parties. Creating Africas investigates the roots of the current conservation boom, demonstrates that it is part of a struggle over definitions of realities, and examines the global effects of this struggle.

Knut Nustad discusses the first Unesco World Heritage Site in South Africa: the iSimangaliso (St Lucia) Wetland Park. Here, conservation interests are pitted against those of industrial forestry, commercial farming, and the local communities struggling to have their land returned to them. They all seek to define and create their own realities but do so with very different resources at their disposal. These realities are treated not as different representations but rather as multiple, often competing, realities that involve a wide range of actors, both human and non-human. The book argues that to avoid being accused of neocolonial land grabbing, the conservation lobby will need to find a way of imagining nature and protection that includes people.

About the author

Knut G Nustad is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo and a Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs.

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