Local community, legitimacy and culture authenticity in post-conflict natural resource management: Ethiopia and Mozambique

Black, Richard and Watson, Elizabeth (2006) Local community, legitimacy and culture authenticity in post-conflict natural resource management: Ethiopia and Mozambique. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 24 (2). pp. 263-282. ISSN 0263-7758

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Abstract

In this paper we explore the way in which `local community¿ has been conceptualised in initiatives to promote natural resource management (NRM) in postconflict Ethiopia and Mozambique in the late 1990s. Both countries have seen a shift towards policy discourses that stress `participatory¿ approaches to NRM, and a search for legitimate and authentic cultural institutions at a local level that can act as a vehicle for implementation of this new policy approach. Yet, engagement with a range of local institutions has often conflated terms such as `indigenous¿ and `traditional¿ with `local¿, `community¿, and `communal¿, missing contestation over their social and cultural authenticity and making mistaken assumptions about the rootedness of institutions in geographical space. Examples of forest management initiatives in Manica Province, Mozambique, and land and water management in Borana, southern Ethiopia, are contrasted to consider the differences and similarities in the nature and outcomes of such external interventions

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Joint and equal contribution with other author; paper derives from major DFID-funded project involving collaboration with the Dept. of Anthropology; Black PI.
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Depositing User: Richard Black
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:23
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2012 11:31
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/12030
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