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Towards sustainable wildlife management

An in-depth study for the promotion of community conservancies in Zambia and Zimbabwe









Grimaud, P., Gumbo, D. and Le Bel, S., eds. 2022. Towards sustainable wildlife management – An in-depth study for the promotion of community conservancies in Zambia and Zimbabwe. Rome, FAO, CIRAD, CIFOR and WCS.




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