Disputing the Floodplains: Institutional Change and the Politics of Resource Management in African Wetlands

Disputing the Floodplains: Institutional Change and the Politics of Resource Management in African Wetlands

by Tobias Haller
     
 

ISBN-10: 9004185321

ISBN-13: 9789004185326

Pub. Date: 07/12/2010

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.

African Floodplains in semi-arid areas are important for local livelihoods as they harbor 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 is presenting seven case studies from Mali, Cameroon, Tanzania, Zambia and Botswana based on

Overview

African Floodplains in semi-arid areas are important for local livelihoods as they harbor 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 is presenting seven case studies from Mali, Cameroon, Tanzania, Zambia and Botswana based on anthropological fieldwork (2002-08) and explores how these common-pool resources have been managed in pre-colonial, colonial and postcolonial times. The major focus of the study is how institutional change has contributed to resource management problems and offers a comparative analysis based on the New Institutionalist approach (Jean Ensminger, Elinor Ostrom), which is combined with a special focus on ideology, discourse and narratives while focusing on conflict and power issues.

With a foreword by Elinor Ostrom.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004185326
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/12/2010
Series:
African Social Studies Series, #22
Pages:
454
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

List of Maps, Tables and Graphs ix

Foreword xiii

Preface xv

Chapter 1 Institutional Change, Power and Conflicts in the Management of Common-Pool Resources in African Floodplain Ecosystems: An Introduction Tobias Haller 1

Chapter 2 Between Water Spirits and Market Forces: Institutional Changes in the Niger Inland Delta Fisheries among the Somono and Bozo Fishermen of Wandiaka and Daga-Womina (Mali) Sabrina Beeler Stücklin Karin Frei 77

Chapter 3 Tax Payments, Democracy and Rent-Seeking Administrators: Common-Pool Resource Management, Power Relations and Conflicts among the Kotoko, Musgum, Fulbe and Arab Choa in the Waza-Logone Floodplain (Cameroon) Gilbert Fokou 121

Chapter 4 Lost Control, Legal Pluralism and Damming the Flood: Changing Institutions among the Musgum and Kotoko of the village Lahaï in the Waza-Logone Floodplain (Cameroon) Gabriela Landolt 171

Chapter 5 From Integrated Slope Management to Fragmented Use: Common-Pool Resources, Institutional Change, and Conflicts in Pangani River Basin, of Same District (Tanzania) Gimbage Mbeyale 195

Chapter 6 Ujamaa-Policies, Open Access and Differential Collective Action: Common-Pool Resource Management, Institutional Change and Conflicts in the Rufiji Floodplain (Tanzania) Patrick Meroka 245

Chapter 7 "We had cattle and did not fish and hunt anyhow!" Institutional Change and Contested Commons in the Kafue Flats Floodplain (Zambia) Tobias Haller Sonja Merten 301

Chapter 8 Promise and Reality of Community Based Natural Resource Management in Botswana: Common-Pool Resource Use and Institutional Change in Ikoga, Okavango Delta (Panhandle) Roland Saum 361

Chapter 9 Between Open Access, Privatisation and Collective Action: A Comparative Analysis of Institutional Change Governing Use of Common-Pool Resources in African Floodplains Tobias Haller 413

List of Contributors 445

Index 447

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