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The changing social relations of a community-based mangrove forest project in Zanzibar
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2010 (English)In: Ocean and Coastal Management, ISSN 0964-5691, Vol. 53, no 4, 150-160 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Coastal areas in East Africa are experiencing rapid economic, resource management, demographic and technological shifts. In response diverse Community-based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) applications have been embraced to provide mutual conservation and use benefits. These initiatives have met with mixed success in practice. Reflecting on the limitations of past research using common pool resources theory theory to study CBNRM we use insights from actor oriented theory combined with satellite image analysis to describe and discuss the forces dynamically influencing institutional and mangrove forest cover change at Kisakasaka, Zanzibar focussing on the formal CBNRM project period between 1996 and 2001, but also considering the period before and after this. We examine the shifting social relations that affected the performance and viability of the formal CBNRM arrangements. An integrated approach was taken to the presentation and discussion of results where it was possible to enrich and expand explanations of socio-environmental change, which was driven by a lack of government support, the undermining effects of party political divisions, and the lack of institutional adaptive capacity. We conclude that this was a useful approach to explain CBNRM intervention events at Kisakasaka.

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2010. Vol. 53, no 4, 150-160 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-52198DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2010.01.006ISI: 000278578900002OAI: diva2:387500
authorCount :6Available from: 2011-01-14 Created: 2011-01-13 Last updated: 2011-01-14Bibliographically approved

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