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Book Book Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:Disputing the floodplains: institutional change and the politics of resource management in African wetlands
Editor:Haller, TobiasISNI
Series:African Social Studies Series (ISSN 1568-1203)
City of publisher:Leiden
Geographic terms:Africa
natural resource management
institutional change
Abstract:African floodplains in semi-arid areas are important for local livelihoods as they harbour many common-pool resources such as fisheries, pasture, wildlife, veldt products, water and land for irrigation. However, in many of these areas resources are under pressure. This book presents seven case studies from Mali, Cameroon, Tanzania, Zambia and Botswana based on anthropological fieldwork (2002-2008) and explores how these common-pool resources have been managed in precolonial, colonial and postcolonial times. The focus of the study is on how institutional change has contributed to resource management problems. An introduction by the editor is followed by chapters on inland delta fisheries among the Somono and Bozo of Mali (Sabrina Beeler-Stücklin and Karin Frei); power relations and conflicts about resource management among the Kotoko, Musgum, Fulbe and Araba Choa in the Waza-Logone floodplain of Cameroon (Gilbert Fokou); resource management and legal pluralism among the Musgum and Kotoko of the Waza-Logone floodplain (Gabriela Landolt); the change from integrated slope management to fragmented use in the Pangani river basin, Same district, Tanzania (Gimbage Mbeyale); the management of fisheries, wildlife and pastures in the Rufiji floodplain area of Tanzania (Patrick Meroka); common-pool resources problems among the Ila, Plateau-Tonga and Batwa in the Kafue Flats, Zambia (Tobias Haller and Sonja Merten); and community-based natural resource management in the Okavango Delta of Botswana (Roland Saum). The final chapter, by Tobias Haller, offers a synthesis. [ASC Leiden abstract]