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An Arid Eden: A Personal Account Of Conservation In The by Garth Owen-Smith

By Garth Owen-Smith

impressive stories woven jointly - the tale of the Kaokoveld, an arid eden within the distant north-west of Namibia, so approximately misplaced, yet regained to turn into one in every of Africa's iconic flora and fauna tourism locations, and likewise the tale of a tender man's look for an African technique to do conservation in Africa. Garth Owen-Smith first visited the Kaokoveld in 1967. It was once a life-changing adventure. His unconventional principles challenged either the conservation institution and the previous South African regime. regardless of this, community-based conservation was once pioneered within the Kaokoveld and this present day Namibia is a global chief during this box. however the early years - while the root for this ground-breaking method of conservation was once laid - are mostly forgotten and untold. An Arid Eden: a private Account of Conservation within the Kaokoveld brings these years alive in the course of the eyes of Owen-Smith, spanning four-and-a-half a long time of outstanding commitment, ardour and fulfillment. the writer and his companion Dr Margaret Jacobsohn have received a few of the world's such a lot prestigious conservation awards for his or her paintings in Namibia, which has continually challenged convential knowledge. The NGO they based maintains to damage conservation, agricultural and rural improvement paradigms.

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