Dynamic Consequences of Human Behavior in the Serengeti Ecosystem

Christopher Costello, Nicholas Burger, Kathleen A. Galvin, Ray Hilborn and Stephen Polasky

in Serengeti III

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780226760339
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226760353 | DOI:
Dynamic Consequences of Human Behavior in the Serengeti Ecosystem

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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

Chapter.  7028 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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