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Natural Resources Governance in Southern Africa

Lesley Masters, Emmanuel Kisiangani

Publication Year: 2012

Questions regarding the governance of natural resources will become more politicised in the face of growing international and domestic pressure for access to these increasingly scarce resources. Southern Africa has a rich diversity of natural resources and yet many of the regionís countries remain trapped in poverty and are overly dependent on the export of primary commodities. As part of the Institute for Global Dialogueís (IGD) focus on governance, this second contribution to the series on natural resources has set out to capture the nature of the problem in relation to four sector-specific areas: mining, fisheries, forestry and transboundary natural resource management. Through these detailed sector analyses, this book sets out to interrogate the external and domestic demand for resources as well as the socio-economic challenges facing the governance of these resources. Through a number of policy recommendations, this book raises some strategic considerations that may prove essential ingredients in the development of a common position on natural resource governance within southern Africa.

Published by: African Books Collective

Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. iii-vi

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About the Contributors

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pp. vii-viii

Paxie W Chirwa has been the Chair of Forest Science Post Graduate Studies at the University of Pretoria in South Africa since September 2009. He was previously an Associate Professor of Forest Science at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. ...

Acronyms and Abbreviations

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pp. ix-x

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Introduction

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pp. xi-xiv

Southern Africa is endowed with numerous non-renewable natural resources such as coal, crude oil, natural gas and minerals, as well as renewable natural resources such as forestry, marine resources and naturally occurring biodiversity of fauna and flora. Despite this natural wealth the southern Africa region remains peripheral in the global economy, ...

Part 1: Mining

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Globalisation and the Minerals Industry: A South African Case Study

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pp. 3-34

Countries in southern Africa are trapped in a global economic division of labour based on the neo-Ricardian notion of comparative/competitive advantage. This holds that countries should concentrate their developmental efforts on the areas of their specialisation or comparative advantage. ...

Part 2: Fishery

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The Dualistic Nature of Fisheries and Policy Responses in Mozambique and South Africa: Small-Scale Fisheries, Poverty and Policies

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pp. 37-64

With the end of the civil war in Mozambique in 1992 and the apartheid regime in South Africa in 1994, new spaces were created to formulate fisheries’ policies guided by democratic principles. In 1994 the new Fisheries Master Plan was promulgated in Mozambique and in 1998 the Marine Living Resources Act in South Africa ...

Part 3: Forestry

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Forest Resource Use in southern Africa

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pp. 67-94

Southern Africa is endowed with a rich variety of forest and woodland ranging from tropical rainforests in Angola to dry mopane woodland areas in Botswana. Forest and woodlands cover approximately 222 million hectare or 32.5% of the total land area in southern Africa with considerable variation in forest cover between countries. ...

Part 4: Transfrontier Parks

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Revisiting the Question of Local Communities in Transboundary Natural Resource Management (TBNRM): The Case of Peace Parks in Southern Africa

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pp. 97-122

The concept of Transboundary Natural Resource Management (TBNRM) has, increasingly, been promoted as an integral part of the southern African region’s vision to promote co-operation and improve the conservation of biodiversity and endangered ecosystems. Central to TBNRM is the idea of local community participation, ...

Part 5 - Conclusion

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The Governance of Natural Resources in Southern Africa

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pp. 125-130

The United Nations has declared 2010 the year of biodiversity in an effort to highlight the need to take action in protecting the variety of life on earth (UN Convention on Biological Diversity). While southern Africa is a region of significant biodiversity, there has been a shortfall in efforts aimed at achieving the 2010 biodiversity target. ...

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E-ISBN-13: 9780798303385
Print-ISBN-13: 9780798302456

Page Count: 146
Publication Year: 2012

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Subject Headings

  • Sustainable development -- Horn of Africa.
  • Horn of Africa -- International economic integration.
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