The Management of the Matobo Hills in Zimbabwe

Perceptions of the Indigenous Communities on Their Involvement and Use of Traditional Conservation Practices

Simon Makuvaza



Since 1992, when the World Heritage Committee established its category of “cultural landscapes,” scholarly debates have ensued as to how they could best be managed. One approach, which appears to have gained significance over the past two decades, considers using traditional conservation practices in addition to engaging local indigenous communities in the stewardship of these exemplary sites. Based on the perspectives of the indigenous people of the Matobo Hills, this investigation studies the extent to which both traditional conservation practices and local involvement can be germane to the administration of World Heritage Cultural Landscapes.


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Simon Makuvaza is a research fellow in the Faculty of the Built Environment at the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.