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Dynamic Consequences of Human Behavior in the Serengeti Ecosystem

Dynamic Consequences of Human Behavior in the Serengeti Ecosystem

Chapter:
(p.301) Ten Dynamic Consequences of Human Behavior in the Serengeti Ecosystem
Source:
Serengeti III
Author(s):
Christopher CostelloNicholas BurgerKathleen A. GalvinRay HilbornStephen Polasky
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226760353.003.0010

This chapter develops a model of the interactions between local communities, wildlife, and management options in the Serengeti. The purpose is to provide a framework for analyzing management decision making and to evaluate different strategies for improving the lives of local people while preserving the park's wildlife. The chapter begins by describing the joint human-ecosystem model, including the model of household decision making, production and consumption, and how human population, livestock numbers, and wildlife populations evolve through time. It then explains the parameter values used in the model. Some results of several hypothetical scenarios are provided to illustrate the model's application.

Keywords:   local communities, wildlife, Serengeti, conservation

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