DEMOCRATIC LEGITIMACY is not necessarily related to the success of conservation policies. Examples include the creation of East African parks by undemocratic colonial governments, as well as evidence of success of environmentally benign authoritarian regimes in Gabon or the Dominican Republic, in promoting environmental policies and regulation. Paleontologist and conservation activist Richard Leakey became celebrated for his successful fight to preserve wildlife in Africa. In order to address the poaching of elephants, Leakey created well-armed anti-poaching units that were authorized to shoot poachers on sight. While successful in protecting elephants, this approach earned Leakey a critique of his human rights credentials.
|Title of host publication||Protecting the Wild|
|Subtitle of host publication||Parks and Wilderness the Foundation for Conservation|
|Editors||George Wuerthner, Eileen Crist, Tom Butler|
|Place of Publication||Washington|
|Publisher||Island Press-Center for Resource Economics|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2015|