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Title: Regional Dynamics and Conservation in Papua New Guinea: The Lakekamu River Basin Project 
Author: Kirsch, Stuart
Date: 1997
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Citation: Kirsch, S. 1997. Regional Dynamics and Conservation in Papua New Guinea: The Lakekamu River Basin Project. The Contemporary Pacific 9 (1): 97-120.
Abstract: Can integrated conservation and development programs, which combine commercial
ventures with conservation initiatives, help to preserve the forests of
Melanesia? Can conservation and development programs enable rural communities
to better manage their land and resources in the face of rapid economic
change? This paper explores these questions through discussion of an integrated
conservation and development project sponsored by Conservation International
in the Lakekamu River Basin of southeastern Papua New Guinea. The project
encompasses land and resources belonging to four different cultural groups, a situation
not uncommon in Melanesia, and the paper analyzes how regional histories
and contemporary political relations have affected its implementation. The
paper also responds to several critical assessments of integrated conservation and
development programs by considering the ways in which the project may affect
the people of the Lakekamu River Basin.
ISSN: 1043-898X
Keywords: conservation, Conservation International, development, Lakekamu River Basin, Papua New Guinea
LC Subject Headings: Oceania -- Periodicals.

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