1st Edition

Custodians of the Commons
Pastoral Land Tenure in Africa

Edited By

Charles Lane

ISBN 9781853834738
Published January 1, 1998 by Routledge
252 Pages

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Book Description

An examination of the conflicts facing traditional pastoralist societies within the developing nations of Africa. The book explores the forms of traditional land tenure and access to grazing resources, which are being increasingly eroded by modern forms of ownership and development. It shows how communal land tenure arrangements are essential not only for the survival of these societies but also to manage the pastures and rangelands in question. The case studies are by local experts. They cover Kenya, Mali, Senegal, Mauritania, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. Each looks at: the political and legal context, trends in pastoral development, causes of conflict, procedures for resolving conflict, and environmental implications.

Table of Contents

About the Authors * Preface * Acknowledgements * List of Maps * List of Tables * List of Abbreviations * Introduction: Overview of the Pastoral Problematic * Kenya * Mali * Mauritania * Senegal Sudan * Tanzania * Uganda * Appendices * References * Index

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Charles Lane has acted as a consultant to many international organisations, including Care International, The EC, ODA, UNDP, and UNRISD. He was, until recently, Senior Research Associate at IIED, and still works with them as a consultant. He has worked in East Africa for ten years, and is currently working as a Director of Pilotlight and with Survival International.