Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique
determines the importance that local people assign to the landscape in which
they live? How does this compare to conservation values? CIFOR asked a team from
the Tropical Resource Ecology Program (TREP) at the University of Zimbabwe to
find out. Gorongosa National Park (GNP) in Mozambique was selected as a test
site, since the TREP team was already working there with park authorities to
prepare a management plan.
developed and used a distinct approach
from the one CIFOR designed for Malinau. The approach was firstly to develop a
spatially explicit conceptual model of how communities value their local
landscapes, and then collect field information from two study sites to confront
the model with reality. In a parallel exercise, the team developed maps of the
conservation value in the two sites based on detailed investigations of the
vegetation. This did not involve local participants.
Gorongosa approach provides a contrasting case study for comparison, to enrich
the understanding of landscape value. The landscape value model developed by
TREP is presented on the Resilience Alliance
Lynam, T., Cunliffe, R. , Mapaure, I. , Bwerinofa, I. (2003).
Assessment of the value
of woodland landscape function to local communities in Gorongosa and Muanza
districts, Sofala province, Mozambique. CIFOR, Bogor, Indonesia.