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In search of socio-ecological resilience and adaptive capacity: articulating the governance imperatives for improved canal management on the Barotse floodplain, Zambia

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dc.date.accessioned 2018-03-12T17:22:26Z
dc.date.available 2018-03-12T17:22:26Z
dc.date.issued 2017-05-08 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/10911
dc.description.abstract Governance of the commons through collective action remains an ongoing challenge in many rural areas of Africa. In this paper, we articulate how resource governance systems and proprietorship have affected management of canals on the Barotse floodplain in Zambia. We draw from community-based natural resources management and socio-ecological resilience theories to unpack the role of governance in enabling collective action for the management of common pool resources. Our analysis establishes that it is not only the maintenance of the physical infrastructure that matters in governing the commons and ensuring socio-ecological resilience but also the sustenance of collective action among users and key actors. However, when a whole range of uncoordinated national and local institutional structures are active at the local level, proprietorship over the resource is contested and management of the canals becomes sub-optimal. There are clear indications that shifts in political authority from the local to the national level of government in Zambia have negatively affected the institutional arrangements for management of canals on the Barotse floodplain leaving both social and ecological components of the system open to neglect. We conclude by suggesting that the absolutely necessary ingredients for effective operation, maintenance and governance of the canals include ensuring that proprietorship over the resource remains with the users and bottom-up planning approaches are enabled. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject GOVERNMENT PERFORMANCE en
dc.subject ECOLOGY en
dc.subject BAROTSE FLOODPLAIN en
dc.subject ZAMBIA en
dc.title In search of socio-ecological resilience and adaptive capacity: articulating the governance imperatives for improved canal management on the Barotse floodplain, Zambia en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber QBBBBB en
dc.Volume 11(1) en
dc.BudgetYear 2017/18 en
dc.ResearchGroup African Institute of South Africa en
dc.SourceTitle International Journal of the Commons en
dc.ArchiveNumber 9765 en
dc.PageNumber 119-143 en
dc.outputnumber 8656 en
dc.bibliographictitle Chikozho, C. & Mapedza, E. (2017) In search of socio-ecological resilience and adaptive capacity: articulating the governance imperatives for improved canal management on the Barotse floodplain, Zambia. <i>International Journal of the Commons</i>. 11(1):119-143. en
dc.publicationyear 2017 en
dc.contributor.author1 Chikozho, C. en
dc.contributor.author2 Mapedza, E. en


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