Samara lends her voice to the Role of Private Protected Areas in Conservation.

A new PhD Study and research project is looking at the role of privately protected areas in the Cape Region, and Samara, a 27 000 hectare privately-owned reserve, nestled just outside Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, is actively participating in the study.

“Despite private conservation areas contributing significantly to land under protection in South Africa, as well as contributing significantly to the economy, these contributions remain largely undocumented and poorly understood.” Says PHD Student, Hayley Clements of the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology. “The aim of this PhD study is to better understand the role of private protected areas in conservation, and as economic and social entities. This project, and those in my research group, centres upon the theme of private protected areas as complex social-ecological systems. It is our position that understanding the role of private protected areas in conservation requires viewing them as an integration of social, political and economic concerns, as well as entities interacting within a dynamic natural landscape. My study is therefore designed to gain insight from managers and landowners into their protected area’s ecological and socioeconomic context and interactions.”

Visitors to Samara are being furnished with a questionnaire, now included in their Guest Check-In Pack, and Hayley’s history with Samara is explained – Hayley used to run the reserve’s successful Volunteer Programme, and has an intimate knowledge of Samara and her vast plains, dramatic views, and abundant wildlife. 

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