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dc.contributor.author Magole, L.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-31T12:31:22Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-31T12:31:22Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Magole, L. (2009) The 'shrinking commons' in the Lake Ngami grasslands, Botswana: the impact of national rangeland policy, Development Southern Africa, 24 Vol. 4, pp. 611-626 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1470-3637
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10311/807
dc.description.abstract This paper analyses land management policy using land use mapping, interviews with farmers and other stakeholders, and a review of secondary material. The study was carried out in the Lake Ngami area of Ngamiland District in Botswana. It found that the net effect of policy and development initiatives implemented to curb perceived overstocking, overgrazing, open access tenure and low-output subsistence production was to narrow down the livelihood options for the rural poor and cause further damage to the rangeland. Policy-makers ignored the multi-purpose land use systems and goals of traditional pastoral systems, and emphasised commercialisation of livestock farming and privatisation of communal land. This unfortunately weakened or destroyed the local, traditional land management institutions and set in motion the shrinking of the commons. These policies are a colonial legacy that has survived the transitions from colonial rule to independence. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher http://www.routledge.com/ en_US
dc.subject Lake Ngami en_US
dc.subject Common pool resources en_US
dc.subject Rangeland policy en_US
dc.subject Livelihoods en_US
dc.subject Pastoralism en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Rangeland policy en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Livelihoods en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Pastoralism en_US
dc.title The "shrinking commons" in the Lake Ngami grasslands, Botswana: the impact of national rangeland policy en_US
dc.type Published Article en_US
dc.link http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03768350903181399 en_US


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