When we are dealing with Natural Resource control by local indigenous populations we should be ALSO dealing with cultural and mineral resource control\interaction with central governments (i.e. the San of the Kalahari of Botswana should DIRECTLY benefit from development of mineral resources (revenues) and be consulted ast to the possible disruption of THEIR cultural resources. (1 answer)

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    Customary land is as described: land owned by people living according to natural custom and customary law. Those who use the resources supported on or in that land should under agistment - long enshrined under English common law - pay for its use. Much of the benefits of those resources should therefore go to the account of customary landholders. Both native African colonists and European colonists in Africa have removed much of the ownership of the natural resources from people living according to native African custom or European African custom - as in the case of the Afrikaners in South Africa. It is time to balance the books. The CITES Convention and the 175 members are unable to address this issue coherently, and over-centralized governments resist it fiercely, putting forward - with their donor allies - unsustainable CBNRM models which deal with benefits and not ownership.

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