Seminar: ‘Bringing People and Nature together: a Study of Transfrontier Conservation in Southern Africa’ – Ropa

Ropafadzo Moyo, PhD candidate in the Department of Geography and Planning, will be presenting a seminar on her research on Monday 25th July. All are welcome.


A number of programmes have been established that seek to achieve ecological-socio-economic integrity through the combination of biodiversity conservation and socio-economic development. Transfrontier parks and conservation areas (TFPs and TFCAs) are one such program. The thesis aims to identify the discourses and practices governing natural resource use and management in transboundary conservation. In doing so it will examine the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA-TFCA) in Southern Africa to see if it is achieving its aim of promoting biodiversity conservation while simultaneously substantially promoting tourism, cultural integrity and poverty alleviation. This will be done within a broader consideration of ecological-socio-economic integrity with the thesis investigating whether a more holistic approach to conservation and development can contribute to win-win processes and outcomes and the rethinking of trade-offs in human-nature relationships. The study’s ultimate goal is to see if maintaining ecological-socio-economic integrity in conservation areas is possible and contributes to understandings of how people, as part of and not separate from the environment, relate with the rest of the environment i.e., wildlife, mountains, rivers, trees etc., which policymakers might be able to use to derive and implement policies that promote ecological-socio-economic integrity.

When and where: 12–1pm | Monday 25th July | W6A 107



Ropafadzo has a background in Biological Sciences and has always been passionate about wildlife conservation. Her previous works were scientific ecological research in zoology and marine biology and she worked as an ecologist for Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. Her interests have shifted from a strictly ecological point of view of how well ecosystems are protected to include how well people are doing within these ecosystems as part of the ecosystem. She has a growing interest in exploring both the humans and more than humans aspects of ecosystems.


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