Disputing the Floodplains: Institutional Change and the Politics of Resource Management in African Wetlandsby Tobias Haller
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… See more details below
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.
Table of Contents
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Chapter One Institutional Change, Power and Conflicts in the Management of Common-Pool Resources in African Floodplain Ecosystems: An Introduction Tobias Haller Haller, Tobias 1
Chapter Two 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) Karin Frei Frei, Karin 77
Chapter Three 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 Fokou, Gilbert 121
Chapter Four Lost Control, Legal Pluralism and Damming the Flood: Changing Institutions among the Musgum and Kotoko of the village Lahai in the Waza-Logone Floodplain (Cameroon) Gabriela Landolt Landolt, Gabriela 171
Chapter Five From Integrated Slope Management to Fragmented Use: Common-Pool Resources, Institutional Change, and Conflicts in Pangani River Basin, of Same District (Tanzania) Gimbage Mbeyale Mbeyale, Gimbage 195
Chapter Six Ujamaa-Policies, Open Access and Differential Collective Action: Common-Pool Resource Management, Institutional Change and Conflicts in the Rufiji Floodplain (Tanzania) Patrick Meroka Meroka, Patrick 245
Chapter Seven "We had cattle and did not fish and hunt anyhow!" Institutional Change and Contested Commons in the Kafue Flats Floodplain (Zambia) Sonja Merten Merten, Sonja 301
Chapter Eight 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 Saum, Roland 361
Chapter Nine Between Open Access, Privatisation and Collective Action: A Comparative Analysis of Institutional Change Governing Use of Common-Pool Resources in African Floodplains Tobias Haller Haller, Tobias 413
List of Contributors 445
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