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Ward, D., Ngairorue, B.T., Kathena, J., Samuels, R. and Ofran, Y. 1998. Land degradation is not a necessary outcome of communal pastoralism in arid Namibia. Journal of Arid Environments, 40(4): 357-371


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Land degradation is not a necessary outcome of communal pastoralism in arid Namibia.

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In Otjimbingwe, a region of arid south-central Namibia, human population densities are high and these communal pastoralists own large numbers of livestock. Such situations are commonly perceived to lead to the 'tragedy of the commons'. This region lends itself to a comparison of the effects of communal and commercial farming (with private land ownership) because the communal area is completely surrounded by commercial farms. In spite of far higher stocking densities on the communal areas and the absence of an overall grazing strategy, we found no evidence of the 'tragedy of the commons' on Otjimbingwe. Keywords: land degradation, pastoralism, Namibia, soil organic carbon, deserts, grazing.

Year: 1998

Type: Journal Article

URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S014019639890458X


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