Empowering local people through community-based resource monitoring: a comparison between Brazil and Namibia
This article provides insights into the relationships between resource monitoring systems, local empowerment and conservation, and suggests potential avenues to strengthen empowerment outcomes of monitoring systems in Latin America and Africa. It does so through a review of three wildlife monitoring systems in indigenous lands and sustainable development reserves in Brazil and one in Namibia, analysing the strategies adopted and conditions that facilitated local empowerment, as well as potential impacts on conservation. The report presents a comparative analysis of the monitoring systems adopted and draws conclusions on the challenges and limitations of community-based monitoring. It identifies weaknesses in the Latin American and Namibian contexts and suggests improvements that enhance the potential for local empowerment.