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Title:Grassroots indicators for desertification: experience and perspectives from eastern and southern Africa
Editors:Hambly, HelenISNI
Angura, Tobias OnwengISNI
City of publisher:Ottawa
Publisher:International Development Research Centre
Geographic term:Southern Africa
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Abstract:This collective volume examines 'grassroots indicators' for environmental change: measures or signals of environmental quality or change formulated by individuals, households and communities, and derived from their local systems of observation, practice and indigenous knowledge. The 'environment' is defined here in its widest sense to cross economic, social, cultural and ecological boundaries, and therefore seeks to open up the rigid sectoral approach typically used to delineate environment and development indicators. The study focuses on eastern and southern Africa. A meeting in Mbarara, Uganda, in 1995 led to the development of the papers in this book. Contributions: A. Mascarenhas (historical perspective on indicators in development studies); H. Krugmann (improved indicators to measure desertification); P. Orone (the role of grassroots indicators in decentralized planning in the arid lands of Uganda); D. Lubowa (the cosmology of the ancient people of Buganda - present-day southern Uganda); F. Mwesigye (indigenous Ugandan languages and the interpretation of the meaning of environment indicators); L. Kinyunyu and M.-L. Swantz (identifying grassroots indicators); M. de Vreede (identification of land degradation at the grassroots, Kenya); R.K.N. Mwadime (monitoring household food security); W. Oduol (land management systems of the Akamba, Kenya); T.O. Angura (grassroots indicators among the Langi of Uganda); N. Kipuri (grassroots indicators among the Maasai); C.G. Mararike (trees, birds and animal behaviour as measures of environmental change among the Shona of Zimbabwe).