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Title:The Evolution of Institutions and Rules Governing Communal Grazing Lands in Botswana
Author:Makepe, Patricia M.ISNI
Year:2006
Periodical:Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review (ISSN 1027-1775)
Volume:22
Issue:1
Period:January
Pages:39-61
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Botswana
Southern Africa
Subjects:natural resource management
communal lands
grasslands
agricultural history
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
colonialism
Politics and Government
sociology
Commons
Grazing
Pastures
Social norms
history
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/eastern_africa_social_science_research_review/v022/22.1makepe.pdf
Abstract:This paper traces the tradition and evolution of the institutions and rules governing communal grazing lands in Botswana. It shows how the problem of resource overuse arose partly from the dismantling and delegitimization of traditional resource management institutions that occurred during the colonial period, and was later reinforced by a newly independent government, increased market activity, high population pressure and other changes. While privatization has been the most popular policy prescription to address the problem of resource overuse, this paper highlights the potential role collective action can play in addressing the problem of resource overuse as part of a community-based resource management strategy in parts of the country with poor ecological conditions and high population density. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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