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Title:Intervention in Natural Resource Use in Biriwiri, Zimbabwe
Authors:Bongo, Paradzayi P.
Bourdillon, M.F.C.ISNI
Periodical:Zambezia (ISSN 0379-0622)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
nature conservation
forest resources
Women's Issues
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Cultural Roles
Environment, Ecology
natural resources
Resources utilization
Income generation
Environmental impact analysis
Biriwiri (Zimbabwe)
External link:http://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/africanjournals/html/itemdetail.cfm?recordID=1174
Abstract:In Biriwiri, a mountainous region in Chimanimani District, eastern Zimbabwe, many women earn extra income from the craft of bark cloth, using fibres from the bark of slow-growing 'miombo' trees indigenous to the area. There is some concern that this is damaging the environment, and there have been attempts to find alternative forms of income for the women. The present article examines the use of forest resources by women of Biriwiri. It looks at a number of projects which are being undertaken to ensure tree conservation (animators, plantations, the Mhakwe Dam), and the interplay between the perspectives of outside conservationists and members of the community. It concludes that more effective intervention in Biriwiri should start from an informed basis. Currently individual motivation for conservation is eroded by insecurity, uncertainty, instability and stress. Short-term survival has top priority and people are bitter towards those who are seen as taking away their chances of existence. Bibliogr.