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Marginalised herders: Social dynamics and natural resource use in the fragile environment of the Richtersveld National Park, South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Michlera, L.M.
dc.contributor.author Treydte, Anna C.
dc.contributor.author Hayat, H.
dc.contributor.author Lemke, S.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-03-04T12:51:47Z
dc.date.available 2020-03-04T12:51:47Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envdev.2018.12.001
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.nm-aist.ac.tz/handle/123456789/600
dc.description This research article published by Elsevier B.V., 2018 en_US
dc.description.abstract In the contractual Richtersveld National Park (RNP), park officials and neighbouring communities jointly manage resources, with the aim to harmonize biodiversity conservation and human land use. Our socio-ecological approach compared herding practices and livelihoods of 36 livestock owners and 35 hired herders inside and outside RNP, and further assessed soil quality and vegetation characteristics under different livestock grazing patterns and access to natural resources. Hired herders were mainly in charge of animal movement patterns but were not included in formal agreements, which negatively impacted on natural resource management, livelihoods, animal well-being and communication amongst stakeholders. Soil properties and vegetation were generally negatively affected through grazing and herding practices in this fragile semi-arid biodiversity hotspot that encompasses many endangered and endemic species. Our research highlights the complex social relationships and dynamics between diverse stakeholders engaged in the contractual park and accentuates the need to improve herders’ social and economic status. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier B.V. en_US
dc.subject Pastoralism Livelihoods en_US
dc.subject Socio-ecological approach en_US
dc.subject Richtersveld National Park en_US
dc.title Marginalised herders: Social dynamics and natural resource use in the fragile environment of the Richtersveld National Park, South Africa en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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