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Zimbabwe is ushering in a new era of community-based natural resource management (CBNRM). It is moving away from place-based wildlife management initiatives to more internationally linked forestry carbon projects which focus on the sequestration of carbon through conservation of forests and the subsequent trading of carbon credits. Learning lessons from the varied and complex history of Zimbabwe’s main CBNRM project – the Communal Areas Management Programme for Indigenous Resource Use (CAMPFIRE) – is necessary to ensure a successful progression of environmentally and socially just CBNRM in Zimbabwe. The Sustainability Research Institute (University of Leeds, with funding from the University of Leeds Sustainable Agricultural Bursary and the ESRC) the Centre for Applied Social Sciences (University of Zimbabwe, with funding from STEPS, IDS, Sussex) held a workshop at the CASS Trust, Harare, in May 2014, titled ‘Progressing CBNRM in Zimbabwe’.


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