oa Alternation - Review of policies impacting on sustainability of natural woodlands in Southern Africa

Volume 15, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



Willis et al. (2000) state that the variety of tenure arrangements as well as management objectives which exist make the savannah woodlands of southern Africa a complex yet essential resource to manage, monitor and sustain on national and regional levels. Furthermore, Shackelton et al. (1999) and Watson et al. (2001) have identified a lack in policy frameworks which will help in promoting sustainable woodland use. The issues pertaining to natural resource management (including savannah woodlands) in southern Africa are embedded in a myriad of complex concerns that need to be equitably addressed. These include questions of accessibility, natural resource management aspects, ownership patterns as well as policy and legal concerns. For the vast majority of people who live in poverty, especially in rural areas, livelihoods and household survival are directly linked to natural resources.

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