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Environment and Natural Resource Conservation and Management in Mozambique

Munyaradzi Mawere

Publication Year: 2013

This is an eloquent, engaged and extremely well informed narrative of the environmental and natural resource conservation and management issues in Mozambique. While the topics in this volume are diverse, they are all explicitly designed to move beyond the routinized blame of natural resource mismanagement and environmental degradation on local communities, and to rethink ecosystem destruction, land degradation and natural resource over-exploitation in Africa and beyond. Never losing sight of the major causes of environment and resource mismanagement in Mozambique, the book advances the thesis that environment and resource problems are a result of compound factors such as poor governance, poverty, corruption, low education levels, and disregard of endogenous conservation epistemologies. A combination of all these factors makes the whole terrain of conservation even more complicated than ever; hence the need for urgent action by all social actors. This is a valuable book for environmental conservationists, land resource managers, social ecologists, environmental anthropologists, environmental field workers and technicians, practitioners and students of conservation sciences.

Published by: African Books Collective


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p. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-5

Table of Contents

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pp. iii-vi

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pp. vii-xiv

The debates around issues of environment and natural resource conservation and management in Africa and beyond have been highly momentous and have sustained controversies of epic proportions in conservation sciences and environmental anthropology. ...

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Guide to the Reader

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pp. xv-xxii

Environment and Natural Resources Conservation is a collection of essays that deal with issues of environment and natural resource conservation and management in Mozambique. Using case studies and researches based on ethnographic studies, observations, interviews, informal discussions and documentary literature, ...

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Chapter 1. Situating Mozambique’s Natural Resource Management in Historical Context

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pp. 1-26

It is generally agreed that before colonization in Africa, the ‘local’ people lived at peace with other entities (fauna and flora) in their natural environment. Besides the fact that their populations were still small and their level of industrialization too low to negatively and significantly impact their environment, ...

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Chapter 2. Environmental Malpractices in Mozambique: A Case Study of Xai-Xai Rural Area, Gaza Province, Mozambique

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pp. 27-58

Recent climate of the world is now known to have fluctuated frequently and extensively in the three or so million years during which humans have inhabited the earth.1 Recent studies have confirmed that the world is undergoing serious climate change as global temperature is ever increasing. ...

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Chapter 3. Green Revolution Program (GRP) in Mozambique: Rethinking the Impact of Mozambique’s Fast-Track Green Revolution Program on the Environment and Biodiversity

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pp. 59-82

The discourses on green revolution program (GRP) as the program has been exported to Mozambican rural areas are highly contentious and ironically present a maelstrom of technological and agricultural possibilities. Across Mozambique, the program has met with controversies of epic proportions, and incited serious debates from various interest groups: ...

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Chapter 4. Gold Panning In Central Mozambique: A Critical Investigation Of The Effects Of Gold Panning In Manica Province

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pp. 83-104

Gold panning, also known as artisanal mining is a poverty driven occupation present in over 70 countries.1 For purposes of this work, the term gold panning shall be used more often than artisanal mining. Gold panning can be legal or illegal. In some cases especially where there are associations, gold panning can be organized, ...

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Chapter 5. Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) in Mozambique: Lessons and Directions for Natural Resource Management

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pp. 105-128

In many countries, natural resources play a significant role as sources of livelihoods for rural households,1 and socioeconomic resource base for sustenance of national economies. To unravel and understand the role of natural resources in households especially in the rural areas, ...

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Chapter 6. ‘It’s Neither Conservation Nor Preservation’ - Possibilities for Alleviating Poverty through Dambo Utilization in Chokwe Rural Area, Gaza Province, Mozambique

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pp. 129-158

Mozambique, like many other countries in Africa experiences a number of problems ranging from poverty, corruption, poor governance and low productivity. While these problems are interconnected and cannot address one of them without addressing the others, because of space and for purposes of this study, ...

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Chapter 7. Small-Scale Cash Income Sources in Central Mozambique: The Root Cause of Resource Scarcity and Environmental Instability?

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pp. 159-182

The larger part of central provinces of Mozambique, namely Manica and Sofala is endowed with diverse natural resources such as wildlife, forests, fisheries and minerals. Like in other rural areas in southern African region, these resources remain the major source of livelihood for the majority of the rural poor in the aforementioned provinces. ...

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Chapter 8. Unlocking the Crisis: New Directions for Conservation in Mozambique

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pp. 183-190

Conservation has generated and continues to generate vigorous debate about how the environment and natural resources as we know them should be used while at the same time benefitting us. From the researches I carried out in Mozambique as demonstrated in the essays throughout this book, ...

Back Cover

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p. 218-218

E-ISBN-13: 9789956790210
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956790777

Page Count: 216
Publication Year: 2013