The Knowledge Production By the Community Against Inequality of Development Assistance Programs; The Case Study of Mangrove Forests Conservation Activities in the Republic of Guinea

Thursday, July 17, 2014: 6:45 PM
Room: 315
Oral Presentation
Chigusa NAKAGAWA , Research Institute Humanity & Nature, Kyoto, Japan
This study analyses that inequality in the project on mangrove ecosystem conservation programs and its result.

The mangrove ecosystem is established only in the limited area and is one of valuable one to support biological diversity. The Guinean mangrove forest has the value as "an economic forest" producing firewood. Therefore it is important natural resources supporting the everyday life of coast inhabitants. The mangrove in Guinea is used mainly for salt manufacturing of seawater boiling-style and smoked fish. However the mangrove ecosystem is easy to catch the pressure of the development. So it is weaker than other forest ecosystem, and the sudden destruction is reported. Based on such values, wave of conservation and the maintenance activity flocks from the foreign country as the urgent matter.

However, most of these activities or programs entails inequality. The target selection is based on the frame of the donor agents. In other words, the donor agents usually choose communities in an area where achieve their goal easier. On the other hand, some communities make every effort to receive the benefit of the program without noticing the attitude of pre-established harmony of donor agents. So, does local community that is off a target accept the inequality like this? The question to the answer is to illuminate that the local community has the power to replace process of such inequality with process of growth. This case study would like to evaluate adaptability of local community and conclude possibility of the community-based environmental conservation activities.