Knowledge Systems and Adaptive Collaborative Management of Natural Resources in Southern Cameroon:Decision Analysis of Agrobiodiversity for Forest-Agriculture Innovations.

TitleKnowledge Systems and Adaptive Collaborative Management of Natural Resources in Southern Cameroon:Decision Analysis of Agrobiodiversity for Forest-Agriculture Innovations.
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsMala WA
ContactAuthorasb@cgiar.org
Academic DepartmentDepartment of Forest and Wood Sciences, Faculty of AgriSciences
DegreeDoctor of Philosophy (Forest Science)
Number of Pages259
UniversityStellenbosch University
KeywordsAgriculture, Cameroon, ecology. sustainability, knowledge systems, land use, slash and burn
AbstractThis study aimed to analyze under which conditions the structure, organization and integration of knowledge systems can provide the implementation of adaptive collaborative management of natural resources under conditions of high biodiversity in the humid forest zone of southern Cameroon. The study specifically did the following: characterized sustainable slash-and-burn agriculture innovations; examined the influences of local perceptions of nature and forest knowledge management systems on adaptive slash-and-burn agriculture practices; analyzed the influences of the social representation of land use patterns and their local indicators on agro-ecological sustainability; characterised the biophysical dimensions of local management of agricultural biodiversity knowledge systems; analyzed how local agricultural biodiversity knowledge is used to adapt and to satisfy household consumption needs, market preferences, and sustainable livelihoods; examined the influences of local perceptions of climate variability for the ability and adaptive capacity of people to use local knowledge to deal with the effect of pests-diseases on crop yield, corrective management actions, and adaptive slash-and-burn agriculture management.
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