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Indigenous Knowledge and Institutional Setup in Wetlands Management in the Lake Victoria Basin, Tanzania

by Shadrack Mwakalila, Madulu F. Ndalahwa

There is a growing appreciation of the natural functions of wetlands, as well as the values and different forms of uses that humans attach to them. In order to sustain their productivity, there is a need for wise-use and special conservation strategies. Wetlands are one of the most fruitful areas of archaeological research, and the ideal setting in which to study the interactions between physical processes and human actions that encapsulate and exemplify many of the themes of human impact on the environment. However, all the beneficial functions of wetlands seem to be in danger of being lost to draining and in-filling. With these factors in mind the main objective of this study was to investigate the interaction of indigenous knowledge and institutions in natural resource management for sustainable food security and rural livelihoods in Simuyu Basin, a sub-catchment of the Lake Victoria basin in Tanzania. The main focus was on wetland resources utilisation and how local people apply the knowledge and skills to actively manage their wetlands for poverty alleviation purposes.

ISBN 9789994455270 | 148 pages | 229 x 152 mm | B/W Illustrations | 2009 | OSSREA, Ethiopia | Paperback

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