Center for Environmental Policy and Administration

Linkages Between Community, Environmental and Conflict Management: Experiences from Northern Kenya

Author:Guyo Haro, Godana Doyo and John McPeak
Date: January 2005
Publication:World Development, 33(2), pp. 285-299

There is increasing interest in community-based approaches to the management of natural resources in Africa. Pastoral areas present particular challenges and opportunities to community-based management programs. We consider an example where there are multiple definitions of the community that uses a resource, and these definitions are both nested and overlapping. Working at multiple levels of social organization and in multiple sites was critical for overall program success. We find addressing conflict can be a measure to address resource scarcity. We conclude noting signs that reduced insecurity has established the preconditions under which sustainable resource management can be accomplished.


John McPeak
Center for Environmental Policy and Administration
The Maxwell School, Syracuse University
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