Firstly, we determine which services nature provides to the local users in their own cultural terms (Task 1). Exploring this local ecological knowledge is crucial as it constitutes the basis for the valuation of the environment. Following, we investigate how the Okavango residents value their acknowledged material and non-material Ecosystem Services (ESS) (Task 2). In our third task, we will show how individuals and households decide which natural resources to utilize. In this task we will have to take a look not only at the local valuation of the resources, but also at the cultural, social, political and economic context which structures the actors’ decisions. This may include population growth and integration in the market economies, governmental and non-governmental institutions as well as religious and gender issues. Building on the knowledge gained from the above tasks, we will try to understand how actors negotiate institutional regimes at the community level to regulate ESS and which of these regimes allows for a sustainable and just management and distribution of resources.
Institut für Ethnologie
Prof. Dr. Michael Schnegg
Tel.: +49 40 42838-7915 E-Mail: michael.schnegg"AT"uni-hamburg.de
2010 bis 2015
Dr. Michael Pöpper (Fachbereich Kulturwissenschaften, Institut für Ethnologie), Dr. João Afonso Baptista (Fachbereich Kulturwissenschaften, Institut für Ethnologie)