Slide 9: Where were reserves located
The initial location of reserves in the sub-region was anything but strategic, from a biodiversity conservation perspective. Most reserves were set up on land that was not being used for other purposes, therefore few reserves are found in areas with high agricultural potential. Many reserves are located in areas with high disease probability, particularly malaria and tsetse areas. Equally, reserves are normally set up in areas that had low human population density as this didn't require translocation of people out of the reserves. Reserves are also often found in areas with extreme climates, either very cold areas or very hot areas. Mountainous areas with low agricultural potential and low potential for settlement also are areas that are common for reserves. Forest patches also in South Africa are frequently selected as areas for reserves. Biodiversity was not the key consideration when setting up reserves.