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Title:Deforestation and reforestation in Namibia: the global consequences of local contradictions
Author:Kreike, EmmanuelISNI
Year:2010
Issue:17
Pages:224
Language:English
Series:Afrika-Studiecentrum series (ISSN 1570-9310)
City of publisher:Leiden
Publisher:Brill
ISBN:9789004179912
Geographic term:Namibia
Subjects:ecology
environmental degradation
cattle
local history
External link:https://hdl.handle.net/1887/18538
Abstract:Descriptions of the late 1800s landscape in the Ovambo floodplain in north-central Namibia closely match the area's late 1900s appearance, suggesting that little change occurred between the precolonial baseline and the postcolonial outcome. Yet, paradoxically, colonial conquest, population pressure, biological invasions, new technology, and economic globalization caused both dramatic deforestation and reforestation in less than a century. The paradox stems from the fact that the prevailing global environmental models obscure and homogenize the process of environmental change: different and contradictory interpretations are dismissed as alternative readings or misreadings of the same process. The paradox highlights the need to reframe environmental change as plural processes occurring along multiple trajectories that may be dissynchronized and asymmetrical. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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